At Work Now Hawaii, we aim to help people living with disabilities find success in the workforce. Sometimes this requires a reasonable accommodation, but what does that mean?
There are many different examples of what a reasonable accommodation can be. Some possibilities include:
- making existing facilities used by employees readily accessible to, and usable by, an individual with a disability;
- job restructuring;
- modifying work schedules;
- reassignment to a vacant position;
- acquiring or modifying equipment or devices;
- adjusting or modifying examinations, training materials, or policies;
- providing qualified readers or interpreters.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has stated:
A modification or adjustment is "reasonable" if it "seems reasonable on its face, i.e., ordinarily or in the run of cases;"(8) this means it is "reasonable" if it appears to be "feasible" or "plausible."(9) An accommodation also must be effective in meeting the needs of the individual.(10) In the context of job performance, this means that a reasonable accommodation enables the individual to perform the essential functions of the position. Similarly, a reasonable accommodation enables an applicant with a disability to have an equal opportunity to participate in the application process and to be considered for a job. Finally, a reasonable accommodation allows an employee with a disability an equal opportunity to enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment that employees without disabilities enjoy.
Are you living with a disability and need an accommodation to succeed in the workforce? You've come to the right place, we are here to help! Contact us to see how we can help!