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Accommodations and Compliance Series: Employees with Learning Disabilities

The article gives a general explanation of learning disabilities, states what is covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and lists some accommodation ideas for the workplace. It includes several examples of job situations and how the employee was provided with an accommodation to help them succeed.
Author(s): 
Suzanne Gosden Kitchen
Sarah Dufalla
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation: 
Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
Published: 
2006
Resource Type: 
Product
Number of Pages: 
1
Product Type: 
Skill Level: 
NRS EFL 2--ABE Beginning Basic Education
NRS EFL 3--ABE Intermediate Low
NRS EFL 4--ABE Intermediate High
NRS EFL 5--ASE Low
NRS EFL 6--ASE High
What the Experts Say: 

This article offers suggestions to help students successfully transition to the workplace. For students with learning disabilities, knowing how to choose appropriate and effective accommodations can be one of the most significant factors in their ability to succeed in meeting their adult education goals and in employment. Instructors can work with learners to help them choose appropriate accommodations.

Some useful features of this article are:

  • The article's introduction, which explains JAN (Job Accommodation Network) and the purpose of its series on accommodations, as well as a link to their online accommodations search resource.
  • The specific accommodation suggestions for specific areas of difficulty for people with learning disabilities.
  • Sample "Situations and Solutions," a collection of scenarios in which appropriate and effective job accommodations were successfully implemented.

The article is limiting in the information it provides on definitions and causes of learning disabilities. Links could have been provided to further definitions and research on potential causes. However, the article has significant value to learners with LD, instructors, and employers in helping adults succeed in the workplace.

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