New Video: Employment Accommodations Explained
Monday, July 29, 2019
Everyone utilizes different techniques and supports to make them successful at work. For people with disabilities, using reasonable accommodations can help do just that. Reasonable accommodations are changes in the environment or the ways things are done, in order to enable someone with a disability to enjoy equal opportunities to work. Required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act, reasonable work accommodations are devised to make the work environment as accessible as possible. Historically, people with disabilities have been excluded from competitive work environments and kept in sheltered workshops where they make subminimum wages. However, there has been a push to phase out segregated work environments and subminimum wages in recent years. Including people with disabilities in competitive, integrated workplaces opens the door for different perspectives, creative solutions, and great work.
The person with the disability is the expert on what they need and can come up with solutions with their employer to create an inclusive and accessible workspace. Examples of individualized reasonable accommodations could be a screen-reader, different break times or work hours, interpreters, etc. Additionally, cost should not deter employers from providing accommodations for people with disabilities. According to the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), 59% of accommodations cost nothing to the employer. If an accommodation does cost money employers are frequently provided tax credits and other incentives. Inclusive employment truly benefits all involved.
In partnership with Rooted in Rights, we present a video sharing the opportunities of accessible employment and how to advocate for accommodations that will make you excel.
For more information, support, and more, contact Disability Rights Florida.
Rooted in Rights is a media project designed to tell candid and accessible stories that support the ever-evolving understanding of disability, mental health, and chronic illness.
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