Disability accommodations can be challenging when the employee provides no suggestions for a workable accommodation, and the employer is either unfamiliar with the condition to be accommodated or with what could constitute an effective accommodation.
Fortunately, there are a number of excellent, cost-free resources for employers to consult:
- Job Accommodation Network (www.askjan.org): this website provides free, confidential technical assistance regarding accommodations. An employer can search for and learn about a particular disability, as well as review suggested accommodations for that disability.
- American Foundation for the Blind (www.afb.org); this website includes suggested accommodations for the visually-impaired.
- National Association of the Deaf (www.nad.org): this website also includes suggested accommodations for the hearing impaired.
- Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org): this website includes a publication titled, "Service-Connected Injuries and Reasonable Accommodations."
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (www.nami.org): this website includes potential accommodations for those suffering from mental illnesses.
Many public employers have also published their own guidance on accommodations that can provide employers with additional ideas.