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Workplace Accommodations

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Workplace Accommodations

Hiring workers with disabilities is often less costly than most people expect. In fact, a recent study3 found that more than half of all reasonable accommodations cost absolutely nothing. Other times, the accommodation is very inexpensive. Often, one-time accommodations cost no more than $500.

Providing workplace accommodations (sometimes known as reasonable accommodations) for employees leads to many direct and indirect benefits. It can increase an employee’s productivity and eliminate the need to hire and train a new employee. This section of the Toolkit can help you better understand reasonable accommodations, including their costs, uses and benefits.

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OOD’s Worksite Accessibility Specialist can help you identify possible accommodations and accessibility solutions to create a productive work environment for all your employees.



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Be prepared when candidates or employees with disabilities request reasonable accommodations by creating a process. Learn more from OOD’s Navigating the Reasonable Accommodation Process Webinar

Want to learn about the top 10 ways you can create a workplace that is diverse and inclusive of employees with disabilities? Check out OOD’s Top 10 Accessibility Resolutions Webinar

Accessibility Hour with OOD Webinar answers employers’ frequently asked questions about navigating Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the accessibility guidelines for the physical and digital environments, and general ideas for reasonable accommodations in the workplace. The Digital Accessibility and Accommodations webinar goes into this topic in greater depth, exploring reasonable accommodations that help ensure access to the digital environment.

The Employers' ADA Handbook is a five-part Webinar series to help employers navigate Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Topics in the series include: Title I Overview, Reasonable Accommodations and Undue Hardship, Performance, Conduct and Safety, Resources and Funding, and concludes with an Accessibility Hour to answer frequently asked questions from the series. 

OOD’s Supporting Employees with Disabilities During COVID-19 Webinar offers various communication best practices and tips on remote job coaching to support employees during the pandemic.

Most disabilities are invisible - that means a physical, mental, or neurological condition that is not obvious. It is estimated that of all employees with a disability, 62 percent have an invisible disability. OOD’s Mental Health Disabilities in the Workplace Webinar provides best practices and techniques to enable job performance for employees with mental health disabilities.

Employment provider agencies provide job development and job coaching services to assist job seekers and employees with disabilities in finding and retaining employment. Learn more about these services and professionals who provide them from OOD’s Job Developers and Job Coaches in the Workplace Webinar.

Many employers are bringing employees back to the workplace and have questions about what this means for employees with disabilities. OOD’s “Return to the Workplace and COVID-19 Accommodations” webinar provides information about providing reasonable accommodations in the workplace unique to COVID-19.
















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Check out this helpful Navigating the Reasonable Accommodation Process Tool that can inform you of the eight simple steps to enhance your process.  

A quick guide to Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including the ADA’s definition of disability, qualified applicants and employees, covered entities, employer responsibilities and confidentiality. 

This Reasonable Accommodation (RA) and Undue Hardship Fact Sheet defines RA, shares common examples of RA in the workplace, offers tips for assessing undue hardship, and provides guidance on responding to questions from coworkers.  

This Digital Accessibility and Accommodations Fact Sheet describes how RAs translate to the digital environment and offers tips for creating a plan for digital accessibility.

This Performance, Conduct, and Safety Fact Sheet describes how each of these topics are addressed in Title I of the ADA, defines key terms, and discusses how reasonable accommodations can be implemented in the workplace. 

This Assistive Technology Fact Sheet shares common examples of assistive technology that can improve functional capabilities for people with different types of disabilities.

Your Worksite is Our Priority is a quick overview of OOD’s Worksite Accessibility Services which are provided at no cost, either onsite or remotely. 

What do employers need to know about Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act during a pandemic? This helpful fact sheet answers that question and more.