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Accommodations are of little concern if they enable employers to hire the right talent for the job. Efficient hiring means looking past the accommodations provided to workers with disabilities to enable them to carry out certain essential and critical tasks.

Accommodations are discussed with employees and sometimes with service providers. For example, a service provider might create a checklist of tasks, so the worker can read them independently and follow the instructions. Service providers can pave the way for a successful worker/employer relationship.

Real-Life Workplace Examples

Worker can’t read fine print. Paul is employed in a call centre. His visual disability was accommodated by using a larger monitor with magnification software purchased from an office supply store. This allows information to be viewed in a larger visual format with appropriate light intensity.

RESULT: Paul now reads and analyzes information productively.

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RESULT: Celine now speaks with customers and hears them clearly.


Worker can’t remember verbal instructions. Mark is employed in the manufacturing sector. His short-term memory loss was accommodated by using a digital voice audio recorder and a smart pen. These devices enable Mark to have a visual cue in addition to recorded verbal notes and help him in his day-to-day performance.

RESULT: Mark’s communication level increased as he was able to listen to his manager’s instructions. It also has improved his productivity by using the recorder as a reminder tool.

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RESULT:
Cindy now performs essential and critical tasks professionally.


Worker can’t stand. Tom is employed in a warehouse. He suffered a severe leg trauma. Tom was successfully rehabilitated by being trained to work as a forklift driver.

RESULT: Tom is once again productive.

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RESULT:
Cost-free accommodation for the employer allows Tania to focus on her work.


Most Canadian employers qualify for funding to cover the cost of technological devices and other accommodations.



Disclaimer:


HIRE for TALENT has made every effort to use the most respectful words possible while writing these materials. We realize, however, that the most appropriate terminology may change over time. We developed these materials with the intent to respect the dignity and inherent rights of all individuals.



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