Accommodating disabilities in the workplace
In my son’s case, he has several diagnosed disabilities including: a grapho-motor disability, ADHD, and mild dyslexia.
These three combine to make it difficult for him to read and write.
We know that the most successful leaders are the ones that let their employees know that they care. If we didn’t, we could never develop teams that work quickly and efficiently.
It is inherent that we look for opportunities to help others grow.
The Autism Spectrum Disorder is not specifically named in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) noted in 2011 that in an individualized assessment, almost all people with autism will determine there is a disability under the ADA (EEOC, 2011).
With this kind of guidance, we need to be prepared to provide accommodations to our employees with autism and also recognize that the accommodations will likely be different than those of others on our team.
Determining the accommodations needed for an employee with Autism requires careful attention to each employee’s individual needs. Lavelle TA, Weinstein MC, Newhouse JP, Munir K, Kuhlthau KA, Prosser LA.
That support is well worth the skills they are developing to assist our businesses. Check on your employees with autism or parents of autistic children.
They work hard all the time and now is a great time to remind them how much we appreciate them.
Around the same time, friends of ours, who have a son with autism stopped in to watch the Nature of Things episode.
Through all this, my own daughter who deals with disability and her quest for a career that will enable greater self-sufficiency weaved its way through the other discussions, trying it all together.