The Americans With Disabilities Act, enacted in 1990, prohibits discrimination against employees with disabilities and mandates that employers provide reasonable accommodations that do not impose an “undue hardship” – a concept subject to interpretation.
Experts assert that the process of obtaining workplace accommodations is often riddled with numerous hurdles, discouraging disabled individuals from seeking assistance in the first place.
Companies tend to focus on compliance and risk mitigation rather than a “more human-centered approach to accessibility.”
There are ways to foster a workplace culture that values disabled workers.
In this article in the New York Times, Wendy Lu shares some ways to simplify the often complicated process of obtaining reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. Find out more here: What a ‘Human-Centered’ Approach Can Do for Workers With Disabilities
Elder law attorney, Terry Garrett, CELA, is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is an Approved Guardianship Attorney. She assists people in elder law, estate and special needs planning, guardianship and settling estates. She graduated with honors from Cornell University. She was on the Dean’s List at Wharton Business School. She earned her J.D. at Columbia Law School, receiving the Parker Award and a Mellon Fellowship.