In fact, some employers might not know how to properly accommodate a disabled employee; this can be detrimental to all parties involved.Only ten percent of small employers even know that there is a one in three likelihood of a worker between the ages of 35 and 65 suffering a serious disability, according to a 2002 study by the American Council of Life Insurers.
The ADA requires employers to make reasonable accommodations so that workers with disabilities can secure and retain employment.
If disabilities affect one-fifth of all Americans (Census Bureau, 2012), then close to one million educators, from preschool teachers to post-secondary professors and instructors, could be in need of job accommodations.
With the high standards teachers are held to, along with the myriad skills they are required to master and the tasks they accomplish on a daily basis, teachers with disabilities may need reasonable accommodations to effectively perform their jobs.
JAN’s Occupation and Industry Series is designed to help employers determine effective accommodations for their employees with disabilities and comply with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Each publication in the series addresses a specific occupation or industry and provides information about that occupation or industry, ADA issues, accommodation ideas, and resources for additional information.