Evaluating the Workplace
A workplace that is comfortable for all is the most accommodating kind.
When evaluating the workplace for new employees with disabilities, think of it as adjusting to the needs and comforts of all. For example: a desk with height adjustment capability is just as accommodating for a person who is simply taller or shorter than average as it is for a person in a wheelchair.
Of course, there are specific adjustments needed for certain disabilities, but most cost very little or nothing at all. It's just a matter of being flexible. Some suggestions in identifying an employee's workplace accommodation are:
Beyond the physical surroundings, attitude is also a very important thing to consider. To create a comfortable working environment for all, the employer may want to consider providing employees with information about people with disabilities. Some suggestions are to:
Include disability awareness in the orientation process.
Provide ongoing information on disability for all employees.
Form a disability support group.
The more informed employees are, the more easily they will interact with fellow coworkers with disabilities, and the more productive the company will be as a whole.
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