IX. Systemic Disabilities
A. Basic Information
Systemic disabilities include health problems such as cancer, epilepsy, asthma, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, etc. These and other conditions may require medications that affect the individual. This should be discussed and considered on an individual basis. Remember that many of these types of disabilities are "hidden". Be approachable and understanding when someone needs an accommodation.
- Flexible scheduling should be considered. Someone who tires easily may need to take several short breaks instead of one long one. Instead of four 8 hour days, perhaps five 5 hour days would work out.
- If possible, arrange to have an employee take home computer work if they have compatible equipment.
- If walking long distances is a problem, special parking arrangements may be appropriate. If climbing stairs is a problem, trading job duties may work best.
- Stress and anxiety can aggravate systemic conditions. Break up large projects into smaller ones. When projects with narrow timelines occur, establish a team to accomplish it.
- Discuss any emergency medical concerns or procedures in case someone needs assistance. Be sure to train others who may be close by. Post medical procedures for co-workers to follow should an employee have an insulin reaction or a seizure.
- Provide personal emergency call system for isolated work stations.
- Avoid need for standing while performing routine tasks, i.e. using telephone.
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