Accommodating disabilities in the workplace
With guest blogger and my pal Sean Rea (wellbalanced-living.com) Once in a while, a topic seems to be begging to be written.
A couple weeks ago, CBC’s The Nature of Things aired an episode called “The Brains Way of healing.” Last week, a discussion on policies for accommodating learning disabilities popped up in one of my professional networks and a few days later Sean asked me how the Canadian military deals with accommodations.
In the end, we should be in a position to provide guidance for our employees and even assist them with discussion if needed. Office of Disability Employment Policy of the US Department of Labor.
Determining the accommodations needed for an employee with Autism requires careful attention to each employee’s individual needs. Lavelle TA, Weinstein MC, Newhouse JP, Munir K, Kuhlthau KA, Prosser LA.
We know that the most successful leaders are the ones that let their employees know that they care. If we didn’t, we could never develop teams that work quickly and efficiently.
It is inherent that we look for opportunities to help others grow.
Photo courtesy of CBS17 “At first, I thought having him work here was a way to inspire him but it appears it’s had the opposite effect" (Clemson LIFE, 2018).
The Autism Spectrum Disorder is not specifically named in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) noted in 2011 that in an individualized assessment, almost all people with autism will determine there is a disability under the ADA (EEOC, 2011).
That support is well worth the skills they are developing to assist our businesses. Check on your employees with autism or parents of autistic children.
They work hard all the time and now is a great time to remind them how much we appreciate them.