Can I Be a Nurse if I Have a History of Chemical Dependency (Drugs or Alcohol)?
If you no longer actively use drugs or alcohol, you may qualify as disabled.
Below are some specific suggestions on organizations and resources to increase your awareness about your rights and responsibilities:
- For protection, advocacy, and legal assistance, contact your state National Disability Rights Network. Be sure to click on your state so that you get relevant and timely information. Also check out your rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
- Please explore our website for resources in regard to education, advocacy, and work. For assistance with the ADA, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Centers. Learning about the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will help you to understand how the ADAAA broadens coverage for many individuals.
- For connections with people with disabilities in your community, contact your local Center for Independent Living.
- Information about how to get a job, contact State Vocational Rehabilitation Program or the Job Accommodation Network.
Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.