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What are the benefits of workplace accommodations if I have a disability?

Although many people with disabilities are aware of their rights guaranteed in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and in regulations from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, some may hesitate to ask for job accommodations because they are concerned about the costs of providing them.

However, a study conducted by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a service of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), showed that workplace accommodations not only are low cost, but also positively impact the workplace in many ways.

The study results consistently showed that the benefits employers receive from making workplace accommodations far outweigh the low cost. Employers reported that providing accommodations resulted in such benefits as retaining valuable employees, improving productivity and morale, reducing workers’ compensation and training costs, and improving company diversity. These benefits were obtained with little investment. The employers in the study reported that a high percentage (57%) of accommodations cost absolutely nothing to make, while the rest typically cost only $500.

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