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What is an accommodation?

An accommodation is an adjustment to how things are done or constructed. Accommodations refer to “reasonable accommodations,” a legal term that is related to protections for workers with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, or the ADA.  A disability refers to a condition, including psychiatric conditions, that limits your ability to do a major life activity, like take care of yourself, work, or go to school. An accommodation is an adjustment to the work or school environment that helps the disability not be in the way of your being a worker or student.  An accommodation “levels the playing field” so that people with disabilities can participate in settings that people without disabilities can take part in.

  • Reasonable Accommodations
    A resource to help employers, teachers, employees & students address work & school issues, reasonable accommodations, & the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This website contains information related to laws, disclosure, & situations related to having a mental illness in the workplace or school setting.
  • Job Accommodation Network
    This website provides answers to questions about employment aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as workplace accommodations for people with disabilities.


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