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Reasonable Accomodations: 4 Modifications a Business Can Make

October 26, 2016

Whether you anticipate hiring people with disabilities in the near-term or long-term, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead. Your business can prepare for future growth by making some ADA-compliant reasonable accommodations beforehand.

Check out these four considerations you can make prior to beginning your diversification process – it can help your business run smoothly in the long run.

Workplace Modifications

There are changes to your facilities themselves that may or may not be determined based on the individual needs of a given employee, but there are steps you can take to make your workplace more accessible from the get-go, including adding ramp access to office spaces and other critical parts of the building like parking lots and bathrooms. Height-adjustable desks can also be a nice feature that better accommodates wheelchair access.

Technological Modifications

Communication is a key element of every workplace, regardless of whether it’s a standard office, a retail space or a hands-on service center. One accommodation you can make to prep your business for hiring a diverse workforce is screen-reading software and/or videophone technology, depending on how much work you do with parties outside your workplace. These technologies can help accommodate hard-of-hearing or blind employees and keep them in on the conversation.

Communication Modifications

The way in which your employees communicate on a day-to-day basis might be ready for some updating. If your workplace engages in a lot of conference-room-style meetings or even one-on-one meetings, it might be a good idea to consider a captioning service to make your meetings more accessible down the road. This applies to larger-scale events, such as corporate retreats and/or out-of-office conferences as well.

Policy Modifications

This one is rudimentary but absolutely crucial. If you want to diversify your workforce by hiring more people with disabilities, it’s a good idea to update your existing – or enact in the first place – workplace discrimination policy. In addition, it might be a good idea to look into the logistics of allowing service animals into your business setting.

Are you ready to prep your business for a bright future? There are ample ways to get assistance in making your place of work ADA-friendly. Just give us a call or contact us online to get started.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

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