Any change or adjustment to the job application process, a job, or work environment that permits a qualified applicant or employee with a disability to participate in the job application process, or to perform the essential functions of the job.
Types of Reasonable Accommodation
- Making the facilities accessible to someone with a disability.
- Modifying work schedules.
- Acquiring or modifying equipment.
- Providing auxiliary aids and services.
- Appropriately modifying examinations, training, or other programs.
- What may be 'reasonable' for one employer in one situation may be classified as an 'undue hardship' for another in a similar situation.
- Be aware of potential accommodation needs, approximate costs, and places to purchase equipment if necessary.
What Constitutes an Undue Hardship?
- Undue hardship means that making a reasonable accommodation would be a significant difficulty or expense for the business.
- The nature and net cost of the accommodation and the availability of tax credits and deductions must be considered before claiming 'undue hardship.'
- The overall financial resources of the business are considered, not a single department
- Possible alternative accommodations that would be less costly also need to be considered.
Auxiliary Aids and Services
- Qualified interpreters or other effective methods
- Qualified readers, taped texts or other methods
- Acquisition or modification of equipment or devices
- Similar services and actions