Improving Workplace Accommodations

Improving Workplace Accommodations

Most states are working to improve access to reasonable accommodations required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For people with disabilities, accommodations may include reasonable physical, environmental, or technical changes that allow someone to apply for, get access to, or perform a job. Accommodations may also include a need to change some workplace or personnel policies and practices.

States, such as Alaska, are working to establish a centralized reasonable accommodations fund for equipment and services needed for employees with disabilities that can be accessed by state departments to cover the cost of such accommodations. In addition, states such as Maine are working to establish a statewide ADA accommodations database.

to document and track information about the provision of reasonable accommodations. Voluntary surveys of state workers, such as those conducted in Alaska, Maine, and Vermont, have been used to determine the extent of retention of people with disabilities and the accessibility of accommodations.