To develop and influence disability employment-related policies and practices, ODEP sponsors five policy development and technical assistance resources. One of these is the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) — the leading source of free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.
Recent JAN activities and areas of focus include:
- JAN Workplace Accommodation Toolkit
JAN's free online workplace accommodation toolkit provides employers with the tools needed to create a more disability-inclusive and compliant workplace. JAN's workplace accommodation toolkit contains sample policies and practices, templates, and checklists, as well as emerging approaches that companies can try out and customize for their workplace needs. The toolkit is a free and comprehensive resource for organizations that are seeking to refresh or develop their accommodation policies and processes, leveraging the best proven resources and practices available to date that have been utilized in effectively managing disability-related questions.
- JAN A to Z of Disabilities and Accommodations
JAN provides A to Z listings of accommodations by disability, topic, and limitation. This information will help employers and individuals determine effective accommodations and comply with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). You will find ADA information, accommodation ideas, and resources for additional information. Lists are organized by disability, limitation, work-related function, and employment topics.
- JAN Webcast Archives
JAN archived Webcasts are available at no cost. Gather your employees together in a room for live, in-service training. Educate yourself, management, and other employees on disability etiquette, assistive technologies, management techniques, and the latest on accommodations and the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The future JAN Webcast schedule will be posted in September. All Webcasts begin at 2 pm eastern and are 1 hour. You must register to attend. One registration is equivalent to one login. All webcasts are archived approximately 2 weeks following the event.
- JAN Just-In-Time Training Modules
The JAN Multimedia Training Microsite provides training resources for JAN's users. These materials may be used in group training or by individuals. They may easily be incorporated into larger training events. Some resources are for general audiences while some are quite specific. Current topics include: JAN Outreach video, All About JAN, Understanding and Applying the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act and Its Regulations, JAN's Interactive Process, Assistive Technology in the Workplace, All About JAN: Resources in Spanish, Ergonomics in the Workplace, Providing Reasonable Accommodations to Employees with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Disability Awareness to Increase Your Comfort, Confidence and Competence, The Value Proposition for Engaging People with Disabilities, and Accommodations for Brain Injury in the Workplace.
- Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act and newly released regulations from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission refocused attention on workplace accommodations by broadening the definition of disability; more coverage means more employees will likely be entitled to workplace accommodations. This increased attention has some employers concerned about the costs of providing job accommodations. However, a study conducted by JAN shows that workplace accommodations not only are low cost, but also positively impact the workplace in many ways.
- JAN Blog: What Works for Me?
The JAN Blog is an opportunity for the public to share with others their workplace accommodation solutions. JAN receives over 45,000 contacts per year — conversations with JAN customers that help us better understand what's working effectively in your workplaces. We have a great deal to learn from one another. We encourage you to share your experiences. Your accommodation success stories can benefit many others around the nation.
- JAN Quarterly Newsletters
Read and sign up to receive the JAN quarterly newsletter. You will find useful and interesting timely articles on various topics related to employment and people with disabilities.