requesting ADA accommodations on the job

Deciding whether or not to request ADA accommodations on the job and reveal your disability is a personal decision. You may wish to talk with a mentor outside the job. First, explore what steps you can take to adjust your workplace yourself. There are many ways to get job accommodations in the workplace.

Should you choose to ask for accommodations, be sure to have a plan in place. You can meet with your manager or you can request the accommodations through human resources. Read the employee manual. Follow through on your request.

Several websites are available from organizations that offer accessible employment resources. Even if you don't believe your condition is a disability, do you research on options or call us to talk about it.


the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and ADAA of 2008

The ADA or Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act of 2008 and Section 504 the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 provide for reasonable accommodations for the employee to be able to do the job.

The accommodation cannot cause an “undue burden” to the employer. They must also be “reasonable”. An undue burden may cost so much that the employer goes out of business. Employers are only required to give accommodations necessary for the employee to perform the essential functions of their job. Supervisors may consider what an employee prefers. Develop a plan for your request before you speak with your boss. The two websites below may help.

guidance for accommodations

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.  Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.

The federal Office of Personnel Management offers more guidance and examples of what may constitute a "reasonable accommodation" as well as links to other sites to assist you and your employer in navigating accommodations on the job.