MYTHS & FACTS ABOUT THE ADA #11

MYTH:

Accommodating workers with disabilities costs too much.

FACT:

Reasonable accommodation is usually far less expensive than many people think.  In most cases, an appropriate reasonable accommodation can be made without difficulty and at little or no cost.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Job Accommodations Network annual report, “Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact” which concludes “workplace accommodations not only are low cost, but also positively impact the workplace in many ways.” This report found that more than half of requested workplace accommodation cost absolutely nothing for the companies to implement. Some examples of these accommodations include scheduling flexibility, allowances in dress code rules or allowing somebody to sit (or stand) when other positioning is customary. Additionally, employers reported that providing accommodations resulted in such benefits as retaining valuable employees, improving productivity and morale, reducing workers’ compensation and training costs, and improving company diversity. The report also found that other accommodations had an average cost of $500.

 

 

source: https://www.ada.gov and https://www.dol.gov

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