Potential Accommodations on the Job
What Accommodations Work on the Job?
For employees with psychiatric disabilities, reasonable accommodations might include adaptations in the way work is assigned and scheduled, the use of auxiliary equipment and support staff, and modifications to the physical workspace. You will need to negotiate, select, and arrange whatever accommodations you need by working closely with your supervisor and the human resources department. Here are some possible aids and services you may consider:
Having minor job duties eliminated — for example, assigning “fill-in” duties to another employee — frees you to focus on your primary responsibilities
Changing the start or end of the workday to accommodate side effects of medication, working part-time, taking more frequent breaks, taking time off for therapy appointments
Being able to use sick leave for mental health reasons or take an extended leave without pay due to hospitalization
Specialized equipment & assistive devices
Receiving daily instructions via e-mail instead of verbally
Modifying work sites
Installing wall partitions around workstation to minimize distractions
Providing a job coach or mentor
Helps in arranging interviews, completing job applications, and providing support and training on the job
Changes in training
Allowing extra time to learn job tasks
Note: The information contained in these pages is for educational purposes only, and is not legal advice. Individuals should contact the appropriate legal resources for specific legal advice regarding their particular situations.