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Empowering Employers & Workers: The Workplace Accommodation Toolkit

4 A’s—awareness, accommodations, assistance, and accessWorkers with and without disabilities need the right tools and work environments to perform their best on the job. Whether it's the use of a specific type of desk, a technology product, software, or a flexible schedule, no two people work the exact same way, even if they have similar responsibilities.

When requested, employers covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability nondiscrimination laws are required to provide accommodations for qualified applicants and workers with disabilities. An accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a job or work environment that enables a qualified person with a disability to apply for or perform a job. The term also encompasses alterations to ensure that a qualified individual with a disability has the same rights and privileges of workers without disabilities.

To assist employers, both large and small, the Office of Disability Employment Policy-funded Job Accommodation Network (JAN) recently updated its Workplace Accommodation Toolkit. This online resource includes actionable policies and processes from leading businesses, replicable forms, training presentations, role-play videos, and best practices across all phases of the employment life cycle. As a result, it is an invaluable resource for recruiters, hiring managers, supervisors, reasonable accommodation subject matter experts, technology professionals, and workers with disabilities.

Accommodations are at the heart of the ADA's employment provisions. They're also at the heart of a disability-inclusive workplace where all workers feel empowered because they have access to what they need to do their best. If that's the type of work culture you want to foster, open the Workplace Accommodation Toolkit today.

To access the Workplace Accommodation Toolkit, visit AskJAN.org/toolkit.

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