workplace accommodations

Reasonable Accommodation - Best Practices for Return to Work During COVID-19

As vaccination efforts ramp up and pandemic safety measures improve, employers are seeking guidance on how to navigate the return to the workplace, particularly for employees with disabilities. In this archived webinar, presenters discussed issues such as requests for telework or leave, accommodating employees with mental health impairments, temporary job restructuring, vaccinations, and medical documentation.

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Accommodation Problems and Solutions for Reopening with COVID-19

This document outlines potential accommodation problems resulting from reopening safety practices, and lists ideas for accommodation solutions. It is being developed with the help of crowd sourcing, and is part of the Work ACCESS project’s efforts to develop an online tool for conducting workplace accommodation assessments.

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Accommodation Problems and Solutions Associated with Telework

This document outlines potential accommodation problems resulting from telework, and when possible, lists ideas for accommodation solutions. It has been developed with the help of crowd sourcing, and is part of the Work ACCESS project’s efforts to develop an online tool for conducting workplace accommodation assessments.

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Getting Back to Work After COVID-19: Lingering Symptoms Present Challenges for Employers and the ADA

The article discusses the impact of COVID-19 on employees and employers, including challenges related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the possibility of significant increase in accommodation requests. Among the challenges are post-COVID syndrome, a collection of lingering symptoms such as fatigue and brain fog, which may prompt employees who had the virus to request accommodations. In addition, people at higher risk for adverse outcomes from the virus may request accommodations as companies reopen their workplaces.

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Accommodations & Return to Work Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar

This archived webinar provides strategies to support the physical and mental health of a company’s workforce during the pandemic. This includes how to ensure the safety and accessibility of the workplace and ways to accommodate teams in remote work environments.

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Accessibility Tips for a Better Zoom/Virtual Meeting Experience

Guidelines and tips are focused on the needs of deaf and hard of hearing participants in virtual workplace meetings. Many of these also have been tested in cross-disability meetings. Additional scenarios will be covered in future updates. The authors recommend: Keep meetings as small as possible. Have well-defined roles in running the meeting, especially for larger ones (e.g., chair, turn-taking manager, note-taker). Turn-taking management is critical In larger meetings, default to video off except for chairs, interpreters, turn-taking manager, and people who have the floor.

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DHH-RERC and Deaf/Hard of Hearing Consumer Groups Provide Remote Workplace Guidance

Deaf, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind people working remotely during the COVID-19 crisis may encounter significant barriers to communication. This center collaborated with consumer advocacy groups and subject matter experts to provide guidance on making remote workplaces accessible. Guidance: Information for employees (includes an ASL version), Information for employers, and Review of key accessibility features in popular videoconferencing platforms

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Accommodations for Health Care Workers

This archived webinar (originally aired in 2018) discussed the rights of health care employees under the ADA, examine scenarios, and respond to  questions from participants. When people think of accommodations in a health care environment, they often think of patients and visitors. However, health care professionals also have disabilities and may require a reasonable accommodation in their role as employee.

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COVID-19 and Return to Work

COVID-19 has raised many questions, including how it will impact the workplace. In this archived webinar, numerous issues were discussed, including: Is COVID-19 a disability under the ADA? What accommodations are available for people with disabilities when returning to work? What if a person cannot wear a face covering due to a disability? Other than the ADA, what other laws are relevant for people with disabilities and their family members? This webinar included participant questions about COVID-19 in the context of employment.

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Working Women with Disabilities Share Strategies for Countering Stereotypes in the Workplace

study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

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