Workplace Accommodations R&D Digest - November 2003


Volume 1, Number 1 November 2003


This is the first edition of our project e-newsletter - a monthly update from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Workplace Accommodations about our research, project activities, and resources of interest. Each month we will highlight one of our research/development projects or one of our training/dissemination activities.

The Work RERC is a NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center that identifies, designs, and develops devices and systems to make people with disabilities more productive in the workplace. A primary focus of the Work RERC is the use of universal design concepts -- the design of products and environments to be usable by all workers, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. More information about the Work RERC can be found at our website, at

Future issues of this newsletter will cover topics such as:


Announcing - the RERC on-line discussion group on workplace accommodations for persons with disabilities.

The Work RERC is launching a new discussion group on workplace accommodations, policy issues regarding employees with disabilities, and accessible design. The discussion group will serve as a forum to ask our staff questions about specific issues and share resources. In addition, periodically we will moderate discussions on various topics related to workplace policy or accommodation services.

The discussion is conducted via e-mail. To join the group, send a blank e-mail to with "subscribe workrerc-talk" in the SUBJECT line.

Join our Consumer Advisory Network

The RERC is still looking for employees with disabilities to participate in future surveys and perhaps interview/focus groups on workplace accommodations.

Sign up via our on-line form:



Center for Universal Design - -
National research, information, and technical assistance center that promotes universal design in housing, public and commercial facilities, and related products.

Job Accommodation Network - -
Free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the employability of people with disabilities.

Reflections on Disability Employment Awareness Month - no longer available) -
John Williams' Column for the National Organization on Disability from 10/15/2003.

The Work RERC collaborates with the following projects to collect and disseminate information about workplace accommodations: - -
An Internet database of assistive technology products, including those that may be used as workplace accommodations.

Tech Connections - -
A one-stop resource for information on Assistive Technology (AT) designed to accommodate people with disabilities in the workplace and in everyday activities. Fact sheets on assistive technology and job accommodation case studies are included.

This is a publication of the RERC on Workplace Accommodations, which is supported by Grant H133E020720 of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the U.S. Department of Education. The opinions contained in this publication are those of the grantee and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Education.

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