Reasonable Accommodation

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The provision of reasonable accommodations (RAs) to jobseekers and employees with disabilities has been viewed as an essential component of hiring and retention. However, the literature on reasonable accommodations indicates reluctance on the part of jobseekers and employees with disabilities to request RAs, and resistance by employers to provide them. This session summarizes research findings from multiple studies we conducted related to factors influencing the request and provision of reasonable accommodations from the perspective of employees and employers. We suggest specific strategies and recommendations that employees, employers, disability advocates and others can use to improve the process and resolution of reasonable accommodation requests.