Reasonable Uniquely-Abled Accommodation in Workplace

A reasonable uniquely-abled accommodation means extending assistance or changing a position in the workplace that enables uniquely-abled employees carry out their work, sans any hindrance. In the US, employers are required to provide proper accommodation to qualified employees, under the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act. Qualified employees are those who have the necessary skills, degrees and other requirements that meet the demands of the job, and are able to carry out its required functions, with or without any accommodation.

Here are some examples of uniquely-abled accommodation in the workplace.

  • Making the existing facilities suitable for uniquely-abled employees. These usually include modifying the height of work equipment like desks and chairs, installation of screen magnifiers on computers, installing telecom equipment for the hearing impaired etc.
  • Restructuring of jobs, like changes in the duty hours and flexible work patterns, so that the uniquely-abled employee can go for counseling or medical checkups.
  • Modifying the training material and exams, like allowing more time for exams, or allowing taking oral tests instead of in writing.
  • Allowing a reasonable amount of additional leave to get proper counseling and medical attention.
  • Hiring interpreters and readers to assist uniquely-abled employees.
  • Providing specilist trainers for assisting differently-abled employees in the workplace.
  • Transferring special workers to an identical job in another location for better medical care.

These are some of the possible accommodations that can be done in a workplace. Others can be carried out according to the needs of a particular job.

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