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An Easy, Cost-Effective Way to Educate Employees: Just-in-Time!

Although many small businesses want to offer training and other professional development opportunities for their managers, a common stumbling block is resources, in terms of both time money. Now, this obstacle is easy to overcome — thanks to the Job Accommodation Network (JAN).

JAN's recently launched series of "Just-In-Time" training modules can be used by businesses of all sizes to educate staff members with hiring and managerial responsibilities about the fundamentals of workplace accommodations and other important issues related to applicants and employees with disabilities. Fully accessible, these "turn-key" curricula offer an easy way for organizations to demonstrate a commitment to a disability-friendly workplace and diligence in ensuring all employees understand their responsibilities in fulfilling that commitment.

Topics for the first two modules in the series include:

  • Interactive Process — This 23-minute module provides a sample step-by-step process that employers can use in their own workplaces to help them successfully accommodate applicants or employees.
  • Understanding and Applying the ADAAA and Its Regulations — This 43-minute training module provides information on the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) and uses real-life examples from JAN's case study library.

Each module has accompanying materials and can be viewed by employees individually at their computers or incorporated into larger training programs on a range of hiring and management issues. And best of all, they're free of charge!

A service of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), JAN is the leading source of free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues and offers a variety of resources for small businesses. JAN provides assistance via phone at (800) 526-7234 or (877) 781-9403 (TTY) or online at

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