Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Working with Disabilities; Disabilitykey Website Expanding

If you have been wondering why there haven't been more blogs recently, I could always blame the chores of moving! However, that wouldn't be the complete truth! The truth is that when you are busy, you always add more to your plate.

In addition to moving and keeping up with this blog and its ancillary email questions, my partners and I have decided to expand the www.disabilitykey.com website to also include information to assist employees with disabilities continue working!

There will be a "general" page added to the website; then, there will be general information for both the employee with a disability, and for HR Professionals. There also will be downloadable e-books for both employees with a disability, and for HR Professionals. Finally, I'll also get to do a "Disability and Employment" blog.

Just to tempt you, here's the first draft of what the Introductory page will look like. I say "first draft", because my "Editorial Partner" hasn't yet done his "majic" on the document. You see, we make a great team; I do the initial research and writing; he makes it look pretty, and professional. That's why I love these blogs; I get to say whatever I want, unedited! My Editorial Partner claims that I use 25 words when perhaps 8 would be sufficient!

Anyway, here's the first draft. AND, if you have any questions before we get online with these new endeavors, please comment on this blog.

DISABILITY AND EMPLOYMENT

The Disabilitykey Website has been expanded to include employment issues. The purposes of this expansion are:

1. to assist people with disabilities understand their rights and obligations when looking to continue working with a disability;
2. to assist Human Resource professionals better understand their obligations, and the rights and obligations of people with disabilities looking to continue working with a disability;
3. to provide tools and ideas for both HR professionals and people with disabilities design jobs and environments that meet the needs both of the company and the working person with a disability; and,
4. to host a Disability and Employment blog focused on providing information, questions, and result actions for all assisting people with disabilities interested in continuing to work.

The blog focusing on Disability and Employment will also provide an excellent opportunity for people with disabilities interested in continuing to work to ask questions and get answers from others also interested in this subject.

As you review the following pages, here are some statistics provided by the Federal Government about those who have already successfully hired people with disabilities:


Cost And Benefits Of Accommodations
[1]
The Office of Disability Employment Policy's Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a toll-free service, has been advising businesses and individuals about job accommodations since 1984. With the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, JAN expanded to include information about the ADA. During the fiscal year that began October 1, 1994, and ended September 30, 1995, JAN received more than 80,000 calls from individuals and businesses in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Following is information related to these calls for advice, as well as examples of accommodations that were implemented as a result of the advice.
Major Issues of Concern
Percentage of Cases
Understanding the ADA 34%

Impact of Accommodation 13%

Conflict between Employer/Employee 13%

Cost of Accommodation 3%

Concerns related to Federal and State Agencies 6%

Other 31%



Top Five States Using JAN Number of Calls
California 10,079
Texas 4,776
Virginia 4,547
Pennsylvania 4,196
New York 3,921


Accommodation Costs Reported by Businesses That Used JAN
Percentage
No cost 19%
Between $1 and $500 50%
Between $501 and $1,000 12%
Between $1,001 and $2,000 7%
Between $2,001 and $5,000 9%
Greater than $5,000 3%

Company Savings Because Accommodations Were Made
Percentage
Value unknown 4%
Between $1 and $5,000 34%
Between $5,001 and $10,000 16%
Between $10,001 and $20,000 19%
Between $20,001 and $100,000 25%
Greater than $100,000 2%


Companies reported an average return of $28.69 in benefits for every dollar invested in making an accommodation.” (Red added for emphasis only.)

[1] U. S. Dept. of Labor; Office of Disability; Employment Policy; url: http://www.dol.gov/odep/archives/ek96/benefits.htm

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