connect ability: Getting Help on the Job

Getting Help on the Job

Once you have landed a job, a new set of issues will present itself. Now, instead of thinking about where to apply and how to do well in the interview, it is time to settle into your new company and start performing the work you have been hired to do.
For many people with disabilities, doing the work is the easy part. Some people require no workplace adjustments at all, or the adjustments are simple and easily achieved. These workers can just jump in and go.
For others, however, there is the need to make arrangements with the employer. These arrangements sometimes involve changes in work schedule, new software, modifications to the workstation, or adjustments to the environment itself, such as a closer parking space.
The Americans with Disabilities Act does not allow employers to ask you about a disability or medical conditions until you are offered the position. Therefore, unless you brought up your disability at the interview, the employer may not be aware of it. In order to receive accommodations in the workplace, you will need to tell your employer about your disability.
If your interview did include some discussion about your disability or if your disability is clearly visible, the employer was already aware that some modifications might be needed to hire you. That makes things easier.
Now it's your turn to guide the modifications by explaining clearly and respectfully what you need, and by negotiating with the employer. Sometimes a well-meaning employer will offer you accommodations which he or she perceives as useful but which would not work for you.

Content Last Modified on 6/13/2013 9:31:00 AM