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Exploring the Challenges of Implementing the American Disabilities

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Exploring the Challenges of Implementing the American Disabilities

  1. 1. Donna Marie Lewis ∙ School of Business and Management ∙Master of Public Administration ∙ Spring 2016 Exploring the Challenges of Implementing the American Disabilities Act Regarding Employees with Invisible Disabilities: ADHD
  2. 2. MY STORY…
  3. 3. What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? "If you've ever had that feeling of loneliness, of being an outsider, it never quite leaves you. You can be happy or successful or whatever, but that thing still stays within you." ~ Tim Burton
  4. 4. Symptoms of ADHD  Difficulty focusing on everyday requests. Routines are challenging.  Have trouble getting organized, making realistic plans and thinking before acting.  They may be fidgety, noisy and unable to adapt to changing situations. Source: http://www.apa.org/topics/adhd/
  5. 5. Mcmahon, B. T., Rumrill, P. D., Roessler, R., Hurley, J. E., West, S. L., Chan, F., & Carlson, L. (2008). Hiring discrimination against people with disabilities under the ADA: Characteristics of employers. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, p.114 & 117. Failure to Provide Reasonable Accommodations
  6. 6. Mcmahon, B. T., Rumrill, P. D., Roessler, R., Hurley, J. E., West, S. L., Chan, F., & Carlson, L. (2008). Hiring discrimination against people with disabilities under the ADA: Characteristics of employers. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, p.114 & 117. Public Administration Industry is #3
  7. 7. Research Questions…  1) Do managers in the nonprofit industry have knowledge regarding the ADA that is not given to those in the healthcare and education industries?  2) Will knowledge about invisible disabilities and employee legal rights change managers and employees misconceptions?
  8. 8. Research Results “It’s like having 59 televisions blaring in my head all at once. Medications turn off 58 of them.” ~ Melissa Orlov, Psychology Today
  9. 9. 33% 61% 63% 53% 52% 55% 50% 54% 57% NON-PROFIT EDUCATION HEALTHCARE Knowledge of the American Disabilities Act by Industry All Respondents Employees Managers
  10. 10. 75% 36% 9a - 9e ORGANIZATION VALUES DIVERSITY/DISABLED INDIVIDUALS 9f & 9g VALUED AS AN INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYEE Respondent Answers to Question 9 (a - g) Strongly Agreed/Agreed
  11. 11. Recommendations “It’s like trying to have a conversation with a friend across a large room filled with people yelling at each other.” ~ Unknown
  12. 12. Managers and Employees  Education and Training  EEOC, ADA Guidelines  Different Disabilities  Diversity
  13. 13. SUMMARY “One person’s madness, is another person’s reality” – Tim Burton

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