Workplace and Job Accommodations

Workplace and job accommodations can make it possible for people with disabilities to perform essential job functions. Accommodations can be changes in the way a job is done, changes to a work space, use of assistive technology or changes to a job. Employers should be able to provide reasonable accommodations for an employee unless it causes some hardship to the employer. Accommodations can vary from low tech to high tech. Examples are:

  • Easy grip pens or other low-tech aids
  • Adapted computer keyboard or mouse
  • Changes in teaching methods
  • Adjusted seating at a work station
  • Screen readers and/or other assistive technology

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) – JAN has developed a Searchable Online Accommodation Resource for exploring various accommodation options for people with disabilities in work and educational settings.

Employers’ Practical Guide – Developed by JAN for employers.

Ideas for Writing an Accommodation Request Letter – Here is a sample accommodation request letter that can be used to ask for reasonable accommodations from an employer.

Pre-offer Disability Related Questions: Dos and Don’ts – Job Accommodation Network has put together a list of allowable and not allowable disability related questions under the ADA. On job applications and during job interviews, employers cannot ask questions that are closely related to a disability.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ADA Guidelines – Guidelines about pre-employment disability related questions and medical exams. Job Applicants and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – Some common questions about how the ADA protects applicants with disabilities during the pre-employment process.

Finding a Job That is Right for You – Suggestions for looking for jobs that fit, job search help, job interview and resume tips, and post hiring tips.

Accessible Technology in the Workplace – Has a mission to promote full and unrestricted participation in business and society by persons with disabilities through the use of electronic information technology that is universally accessible. Check out their discussions and webinars on why it makes good business sense for firms to hire people with disabilities.

Personal Assistance Services in the Workplace (WPAS) – Includes work task-related assistance, such as the use of a reader for business documents not otherwise available electronically, a sign language interpreter for company meetings or trainings, and help lifting or reaching work work-related items. WPAS may include personal care-related assistance such as helping an employee to access the restroom, eat or drink at work, or travel for business purposes.

ADA Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers – 10 regional centers to provide information, training and technical assistance to employers and people with disabilities. Special emphasis is on meeting the needs of small businesses.

INDEX Assistive Technology Fact Sheets Assistive Technology – Includes information on: