Disabilities at the Workplace


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We are surrounded by people with disabilities at work. Some disabilities are visible, others aren't. It is helpful to understand what the needs of people with disabilities are and how we can best work with them. Often there are misconceptions, which this presentation will help dissolve. We will discuss ways that people with and without disabilities can work and communicate better.

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Disabilities at the Workplace

  1. 1. Disabilities at the Workplace Tom Babinszki February 19, 2013A Service Of: Sponsored by:
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  5. 5. Disabilities at the WorkplacePresented by:Tom BabinszkiEven Grounds• Phone: (703) 822-5186• E-mail: info@evengrounds.com• Web: http://evengrounds.com
  6. 6. What is a disability?• Visible and invisible• Cannot ask about it• People can disclose or keep it private• Disability can be long-term or short- term
  7. 7. People with hearing impairment• Modern technology can help: use text based communication• Use sign language interpreters• Sign language is an actual language• Using TTY: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZl0 g-82g8g• Phone call with a deaf blind person: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X25o kd6FWfo
  8. 8. People with mobility impairments• Difficulty using hands, grabbing, grasping• Not all people in wheel chairs are paralyzed• Walking related expressions are ok
  9. 9. Blind and visually impaired people• Sometimes visual impairment may not be obvious.• People with low vision can use a cane for identification• Blind people use screen readers and Braille• Using sight related expressions is ok• How to help the blind http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X44e LRvQzVw
  10. 10. Learning disabilities• Inability to retain information• Short attention span• Difficulty following directions• Eye-hand coordination problems• Adjusting to change• Good memory• Good people skills• Before you say stupid…• Using more senses to obtain information or complete tasks• Bulleted lists or diagrams on the blackboard
  11. 11. Reading disabilities• Less pages in more time• Select information more wisely• Information is mostly available electronically
  12. 12. Impact of accommodation• Whats necessary for one person can benefit others• Whats good for one person may add an obstacle for others
  13. 13. How to help• Dont assume• Ask if not sure• Expect different reactions• Some want to be independent, others want to be helped• We all need help one way or another• Ask or research
  14. 14. How to help• Dont hold assistive devices, it is personal space (cane, wheel chair)• Dont kneel down when talking with a wheel chair user: sit down if the conversation is longer• Speak directly to the person
  15. 15. Cost of employing people with disabilities• Tax credits and tax deductions are available• Disability advocacy agencies• Rehabilitation services• If you have more than 15 employees, you have to provide reasonable accommodation unless it is a hardship
  16. 16. What is not allowed• Cannot ask for medical information – Allowed if employee is in danger• You can list essential job duties• Guide to ADA: http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/adahandboo k.html• Guide to discrimination: http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/disabili ty.cfm
  17. 17. What can you do at your work place• Create a disability policy• Instead of asking about disabilities, let people know they can get help if they need it• Ensure communication is accessible to all people• Make sure your web site is accessible
  18. 18. Contact us• Even Grounds, accessibility consulting• Phone: (703) 822-5186• E-mail: info@evengrounds.com• Web: HYPERLINK http://evengrounds.com
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