JOE MARRONE INSTITUTE FOR COMMUNITY INCLUSION MAIN OFFICE: BOSTON, MA NW OFFICE : 4517 NE 39 TH AVENUE PORTLAND, OR 97211-8124 TEL : 503-331-0687 HOME TEL : 503-331- 0486 FAX : 503-961-7714 EMAIL:[email protected] . WWW.COMMUNITYINCLUSION.ORG or WWW.ONESTOPS.INFO. DIANE LOUD ICI
In relation to the ADA, a reasonable accommodation is any modification or adjustment to a job or the work environment that will enable a qualified applicant or employee with a disability to participate in the application process or to perform essential job functions.
MYTH: Considerable expense is incurred to accommodate workers with disabilities
FACT: Most workers with disabilities require nospecial accommodations. For those who do, cost is minimal or much lower than employers believe.
Create an atmosphere where individuals feel safe asking for support & assistance
Flexibility to create a supportive atmosphere but maintains accountability
Regularly & clearly communicate availability of accommodations to all
Regularly communicate with all staff about resources available for support-e.g. EAPSupportive Work Environment
CAN BE DISCUSSED IN INTERVIEW
APPLICANT CAN DEMONSTRATE HOW THEY CAN USE THE ACCOMMODATION FOR THE EMPLOYER’S BENEFIT
PROMOTES EARLY SOLUTIONS
REDUCES EMPLOYER’S PERCEPTION OF RISK
NEEDED FOR HIRING?
NEEDED TO PERFORM JOB?
IMPACT OF REQUEST:
Before hire ?
Immediately after ?
Waiting 1 month or more ?
CONSIDER THE IMPACT OF ACCOMMODATION ON WORKPLACE?
ARE CO-WORKERS INVOLVED OR DO THEY NEED TO KNOW?
ARE THERE ALTERNATIVES THAT ARE MORE INCLUSIVE OR LESS STIGMATIZING?
IS ACCOMMODATION ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY?
WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB?
WHICH FUNCTIONS ARE AFFECTED BY THE DISABILITY?
BRAINSTORM ACCOMMODATIONS/ ASSIST TECHNOLOGY
CHOOSE MOST APPROPRIATE/ FEASIBLE OPTION
--WORDING TO HIGHLIGHT MUTUAL BENEFIT
-- RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYER
EMPLOYEES SEEKING ACCOMMODATIONS SHOULD: ACCOM REQUESTS
The Access Board
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Institute for Community Inclusion
Free resource to employers on best practices of hiring candidates with disabilities.