Accommodating people with disabilities in the workplace

If your browser does not accept cookies, you cannot view this site.There are many reasons why a cookie could not be set correctly.As with the famous people at the start of this piece, all can be a welcome addition to a team, company and shared success.Not a Lack of Intelligence Many people, even teachers and professors, equate learning disabilities with a lack of intelligence. People with LD have a hidden disability and, depending on the type of LD, it affects how they learn, process, retain information and perform certain tasks.

Approximately eight weeks after their initial contact, the employers were asked a series of questions about the situation they discussed with JAN and the quality of the services JAN provided.

People with disabilities may just have the skills and competencies you require within your organization yet they are often under-employed.

It is important to consider how your organization can tap this potential source of employees.

However, a study conducted by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a service of the U. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), shows that workplace accommodations not only are low cost, but also positively impact the workplace in many ways. JAN, in partnership with the University of Iowa’s Law, Health Policy, and Disability Center (LHPDC), interviewed 1,182 employers between January 2004 and December 2006.

In addition, JAN, in partnership with the West Virginia University School of Social Work (formerly School of Applied Social Sciences), interviewed 1,157 employers between June 28, 2008, and July 31, 2016.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act and regulations from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission refocused attention on workplace accommodations by broadening the definition of disability; more coverage means more employees will likely be entitled to workplace accommodations.

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