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Reasonable Accommodation

Reasonable Accommodation

What is a Reasonable Accommodation?
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a reasonable accommodation is defined as:

… any modification or adjustment to a job or the work environment that will enable a qualified applicant or employee with a disability to participate in the application process or to perform essential job functions. Reasonable accommodation also includes adjustments to assure that a qualified individual with a disability has rights and privileges in employment equal to those of employees without disabilities.
From the ADA.gov website (http://www.ada.gov/q&aeng02.htm)

Accommodations are provided to meet the employee’s needs in the context of the job. The employee should work with the employer to determine the accommodation that is most appropriate. The process is intended to be a cooperative effort.

Employers report that accommodations are effective 74% of the time. And better yet, employers found that making an accommodation helped them to keep valued employees, helped the employees to be more productive, and eliminated costs associated with training a new employee.

In short, the return on investment made in an accommodation is typically high. Making accommodation planning a part of the hiring and retention planning process really is a win-win for employers and job seekers with disabilities.   

Note: Link to Oklahoma ABLE Tech for more information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Call Oklahoma ABLE Tech (800-257-1705) for accommodation ideas or to borrow assistive technology. ABLE Tech’s AT Device Demonstration and Short-Term Loan Program works just like a book library. Here are some devices that relate to this article:

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 
Employers and the ADA
Interviewing Candidates with Disabilities
Free & Low-Cost Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network

Search Oklahoma ABLE Tech’s resources for reused AT and durable medical equipment
including free and low cost items.


Need funding to assist in the purchase of assistive devices? Oklahoma ABLE Tech offers a comprehensive online guide for Oklahoma Funding for AT. Additionally, ABLE Tech, in partnership with Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation (OkAT) and BancFirst of Stillwater, offers Financial Loans to purchase assistive technology. Several programs of funding are available, all with LOW interest rate and flexible repayment terms, as well as special qualification opportunities for applicants who might not qualify for a traditional bank loan. For questions on the Financial Loan opportunities, call Shelley Gladden for more information at 800-257-1705.


Rob Carr, Accessibility Coordinator

Oklahoma ABLE Tech

Oklahoma State University

1514 W. Hall of Fame

Stillwater, OK 74078

Phone: 800.257.1705

Email: rgcarr@okstate.edu

Linda Jaco, Associate Director for Sponsored Programs

Department of Wellness

Oklahoma State University

1514 W. Hall of Fame,

Stillwater, OK 74078

Phone: 800.257.1705

Email: linda.jaco@okstate.edu

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