For information on assistive technology and other accommodation ideas, visit JAN's Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR) at JAN.org/soar.According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, approximately 15 percent (32.5 million) of American adults report some degree of hearing loss (NIDCD, 2008).
The lawsuit claims the interpreting position at her workplace has been vacant for more than three years, and no one is due to be hired because funds had dried up.
JAN’s Accommodation and Compliance Series is designed to help employers determine effective accommodations and comply with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Accommodations make it possible for a qualified applicant or employee to accomplish essential job functions.
Accommodations make sense if they are needed to make the best use of an employee's talent or to maintain productivity.
These worksites can give you an idea of some of the low- and high-tech solutions used to enhance accessibility in the workplace.
Deaf and hard-of-hearing state employees in California are regularly denied sign language interpreters for meetings and have been left behind during emergency evacuations because of a failure to accommodate their disability, according to a lawsuit filed today.As an employer of a person who is blind or visually impaired, you may be called upon to make accommodations that would minimize or eliminate workplace barriers.In doing so, you maximize your employee's potential for productivity.Accommodations should be made on a case by case basis, considering each employee’s individual limitations and accommodation needs.Employers are encouraged to contact JAN to discuss specific situations in more detail.The lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court cites problems at the Department of Rehabilitation, Department of Justice, California Public Employees Retirement System and Department of Social Services.