Workplace accommodations: Evidence-based outcomes
(2006). Workplace accommodations: Evidence-based outcomes. Work, 27(4), pp.345-354.
One central component to meaningful employment for people with disabilities is the ADA's workplace accommodation provision that allows qualified individuals to perform essential job functions. Little empirical evidence is available to evaluate the costs, benefits, and effectiveness of accommodations. Previous research has focused on direct costs. This article advocates an inclusive accommodation cost/benefit analysis to include direct and indirect costs and benefits and to differentiate disability-related accommodation costs from typical employee costs. The inclusive cost/benefit analysis is applied to preliminary data from interviews with employers who contacted the Job Accommodation Network (JAN). Results suggest that accommodations are low cost, beneficial and effective (abstract from: http://iospress.metapress.com/content/4tmt2l5xae47vc1d/?p=0cf7f2f9dc724aa6b63aa5e52355399d&pi=2).
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