Access for All Weekly Tip
For the week of April 30 - May 4
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects thousands of individuals across the world. It can be a debilitating illness that inhibits the individual's life. One of the many areas that PTSD affects is the work place. Some examples of problems associated with the workplace for those who have PTSD are:
- Memory problems
- Lack of concentration
- Difficulty retaining information
- Feelings of fear or anxiety
- Physical problems
- Poor interactions with coworkers
- Unreasonable reactions to situations that trigger memories
- Interruptions if employee is still in an abusive relationship, harassing phone calls, etc.
- Trouble staying awake
- Panic attacks
Accommodating an employee with PTSD can be unique for each individual. What may be helpful for one individual may not be helpful for the next. First and foremost, it is important for the employer to be educated on PTSD and its symptoms. Knowledge can lead to understanding reactions, which may seem out of the ordinary. It can also provide a framework for adapting the work environment to suit the needs of the individual with PTSD.
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 resources that relate to this article:
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
Linda Jaco, Associate Director for Sponsored Programs