Don’t Be Afraid of Reasonable Accommodations

by Mar 18, 2018

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When employers think of reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities, some immediately see dollar signs, while others are concerned about complicated logistical ramifications. Reasonable workplace accommodations don’t have to be costly or complicated to be effective.
As explained in the iDisability™, “Reasonable Accommodations” module, “reasonable accommodations are modifications to a work environment that make it possible for an employee with a disability to perform essential job duties, enjoy equal benefits of employment and have equal access to the application process.”

Hiring someone who requires reasonable accommodations probably won’t ever be unmanageable. That’s because accommodations don’t have to be elaborate to be helpful for an employee with disabilities. In fact, many are simple adjustments, like:

  • screen reading software with synthesized speech
  • additional preparation time for a meeting
  • flexible leave policy for people who need to rest or eat frequently

Necessary accommodations largely depend on the individual employee, the specifics of their disability, and the scope of their position within the company. The iDisability™ e-learning module, “Reasonable Accommodations,” gives employers and co-workers a step-by-step process for effective reasonable accommodation.

iDisability™ is an enterprise-wide e-learning product that provides 15-minute modules on a variety of disability employment topics. There are currently 25 modules available, with 10 more in development. To schedule a demonstration, complete the contact form

Andrew D. Houghton

Andrew D. Houghton

President, Disability Inclusion Solutions

Nationally Recognized Accessibility Expert. Creating Innovative Disability Inclusion Solutions. Certified DOBE.

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