Accommodating People With Disabilities | Diversity Dimensions

Publication Date: 03/2010

Source: SO01 Public Relations Tactics
Product Code: 6C-031001
Organization/Author/Firm: Rochelle L. Ford, Ph.D., APR
Specialization(s): Multicultural - Diversity
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Many companies (especially small businesses) are concerned about costs associated with accommodating disabilities. However, an August study conducted by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) revealed that 56 percent of workplace accommodations cost nothing. Of those that did have a cost, the typical one-time expenditure by employers was $600.

Additionally, the JAN study found that “providing accommodations resulted in such benefits as retaining valuable employees, improving productivity and morale, reducing workers compensation and training costs and improving company diversity.”

Here are some tips from the Department of Labor in establishing reasonable accommodation.