Employees with disabilities work across all industries and perform a wide variety of jobs at all levels of employment. The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) states employers must make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities.
“A reasonable accommodation is any change to the application or hiring process, to the job, to the way the job is done, or the work environment that allows a person with a disability who is qualified for the job to perform the essential functions of that job and enjoy equal employment opportunities. Accommodations are considered “reasonable” if they do not create an undue hardship or a direct threat”
Assistive Technology can be considered a reasonable accommodation based on an individual employee’s specific situation. AT can be broad and identifying the right AT and accommodation is not always straight forward. The CT Tech Act Project can help! Other excellent resources for employers and employees with disabilities include:
The Job Accommodation Network: www.AskJan.org:
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on job accommodations and disability employment issues. Serving customers across the United States and around the world for 40 years, JAN provides free one-on-one practical guidance and technical assistance on job accommodation solutions, Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities. JAN provides individualized consultation to assist:
The ADA National Network Employment Resource Hub: Employment Resource Hub | ADA National Network (adata.org):
The ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on how to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in order to support the mission of the ADA to “assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.
The New England ADA Center: www.newenglandada.org:
The ADA National Network has provided information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tailored to meet the needs of business, government and individuals at local, regional and national levels.
We are not enforcement or regulatory agency, but a helpful resource supporting the ADA’s mission to “make it possible for everyone with a disability to live a life of freedom and equality.”