Accommodations for Disabilities

It’s become a common and worrying theme in the workplace that workers with disabilities feel uncomfortable asking for help. While requesting accommodations should be a simple and straightforward process, many workers find themselves caged by stereotypes and fear of prejudice.

Many people with disabilities have reported that they would rather struggle without accommodations than be judged because of their disability. A lot of this fear originates from the already present stereotype surrounding age. It’s a common idea that older workers are less productive and more difficult to work with. This stereotype combined with the other stereotypes regarding disabilities makes it nearly impossible for workers with disabilities to request help. As age in a disabled worker increases, so does their reluctance to ask for assistance.

Another aspect of the workforce environment that makes it even harder for workers to admit their disabilities is the sense of isolation. If a worker feels that they are the only person in their workplace with a disability, this will make the pressure worse. This stress is increased if the worker is not comfortable in their environment in the first place. Without coworkers that they can confide in, the comfort of accommodations that are accessible without needing to specifically ask, or reassurance that their disability won’t cause judgement, many disabled workers will only continue to struggle.

Working in an environment where you don’t feel safe enough to confide important personal information or ask for accommodations is only made worse by the presence of a disability. Making accommodations easier to access for disabled workers can make their daily lives much easier. Without the proper help, a worker’s productivity can be severely hurt by their lack of accommodations. Whether it’s adjustable volume on telephones, captioning in meetings, or simply expressing that accommodations are available, everything helps disabled workers to feel more comfortable in their working environment.

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