Examples of reasonable adjustments
Reasonable adjustments take many forms, depending on the job and situation. Some examples include:
Providing physical aids and services
Employers can provide wheelchairs, hearing aids, and other assistive devices to employees with mobility and hearing impairments. These devices enable employees to easily navigate the workplace and participate effectively in their roles.
Making adjustments to a physical environment
Adjustments to a physical environment, like installing ramps for wheelchair access, help ensure employees with disabilities can access facilities and workspaces without difficulty or risk of injury. These installations should fit into the existing environment without requiring extensive modifications.
Adapting hiring processes
Prospective employers should provide applicants with disabilities with alternative recruitment methods. These include adjusting interview formats and providing accessible application materials. Employers should provide reasonable adjustments during an interview, as well, in the form of offering the option of a virtual interview, and providing interpreters or communication support personnel during the interview session.
Making flexible working arrangements
Flexible working arrangements, such as work-from-home policies and changing work shift patterns, help employees who need to attend medical appointments or have disabilities that limit their ability to work in certain conditions. Employees with diabetes, for example, may need to take more breaks to check their blood sugar levels. Spacing work breaks more evenly throughout the day or providing longer lunch breaks can help these employees perform tasks more effectively.
Offering alternative methods of communication
Sign language interpreters, text-to-speech software, or specialized communication aids help employees with hearing, speech, or vision impairments (e.g., blindness), understand instructions and their work environment in general.