Have you known anyone with a disability at work?
I have previously worked with a disabled man. This individual was deaf, he was a housekeeper/maintenance worker, but that did not slow him down. He worked just as hard as anyone else, finished what he started, and he gained respect from all of his co-workers. This man did not need an interpreter, because he could read lips.
1. What are some challenges that employees have who are disabled on a day to day basis?
Negativity and unfairness. For many, these people need to feel that they are being accepted, and that they can get the job done. Many disabled employees may not be able to groom himself/herself properly in the morning, and the individual may have to have help to get started. In addition, to the work environment, some humans have negative attitudes. These disabled individuals are being stereotyped, because of their condition, and many think of the disabled as poor health. Climbing the steps up to the company can block a disabled person with a mobility impairment, and the disabled individual that relies on public transportation, may not be available.
2. What are some special accommodations if any do employees with disabilities have within the workplace setting?
A reasonable accommodation is assistance in a position or workplace will portray an employee to do his/her job despite of his/her disability.
“Examples of accommodations:
A) Modifying the height of desks and equipment, installing computer screen magnifiers, or installing telecommunications for the deaf
B) Allowing a ten-hour/four-day workweek so that the worker can receive weekly medical treatments
C) Allow more time for taking an exam
D) Hire interpreters
E) Transfer an employee to the same job in another location to obtain better medical care” (Repa, 2009).
Repa, Barbara Kate. 2009. Your Right to a Reasonable Accommodation Under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Retrieved March 13, 2019 from