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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Job Accommodation Network Releases Workplace Disability Accommodation Toolkit

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has developed an online tool to help businesses successfully recruit, hire, and retain applicants and employees with disabilities.

JAN’s free online workplace accommodation toolkit provides employers with the tools needed to create a more disability-inclusive and compliant workplace.
As more and more of us are affected by disability, workplaces are impacted.
Disability Impacts all of us.
  • Communities
  • Livelihood
  • Health
A snapshot of disability in the United States.
  • 22 percent of adults in the United States have some type of disability.
  • The percentage of people living with select disabilities in each state is highest in the Southeast.
Percentage of adults with select functional disability types*:
  • 13 percent of people with a disability have a mobility disability with serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs.
  • 10.6 percent of people with a disability have a cognition disability with serious difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions.
  • 6.5 percent of people with a disability have an independent living disability with difficulty doing errands alone such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping.
  • 4.6 percent of people with a disability have a vision disability with blindness or serious difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses.
  • 3.6 percent of people with a disability have a self-care disability with difficulty dressing or bathing.
* This data source does not assess deafness or serious difficulty hearing. Therefore state-level data on the number of people who have hearing difficulties was not collected and results in a likely underestimate in total number of people with disabilities in the U.S.
Brought to you by the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. The Division of Human Development and Disability.

Some people are in denial about disability.
Americans Are In Denial About Disability
Workers believe their chance of becoming disabled is "2% or less." In reality:
  • 25% of American workers will become disabled for 3 or more months before they retire.
  • 1 in 8 workers will be disabled for 5 years or more during their working career.
  • Approximately 90% of disabilities are caused by illness rather than accident. 10% are caused by accidents. Fewer than 5% of disabling accidents are work-related.
  • 65% of working Americans say they could not cover living expenses for one year without income. 38% could not pay their bills for more than 3 months.
Source: Council for Disability Awareness.

The JAN Workplace Accommodation Toolkit was developed in light of these trends. The Toolkit enables employers to educate their applicants and employees about accommodations. 

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