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What is an accommodation?

An accommodation is a change to how things are done or constructed. “Reasonable accommodations,” refers to protections for workers with disabilities. This is the legal term under the Americans with Disabilities Act, or the ADA.  A disability is a condition, including psychiatric conditions, that limits your ability to do a major life activity.  For example, it might be difficult to take care of yourself, or to go to work, or go to school.  An accommodation is a change to the work or school environment that helps the you succeed in work or school. An accommodation “levels the playing field” so that people with disabilities can take part 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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