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State of the Science Conference
September 15-16, 2005

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Workplace Accommodation Outcomes

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  1. Accommodations implemented
  2. What was not implemented
  3. Impact of timing for accommodation implementation
  4. Effectiveness of accommodations
  5. Why accommodations didn't work
  6. Accommodations used for other purposes
  7. Training
  8. What happened?
  9. Awareness of new and emerging technologies
  10. Accommodations implemented independently

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Accommodations implemented


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What was not implemented

31% of the subjects reported receiving no accommodations or assistive technology

  • Physical/spatial environment: Ramp
  • Assistive technology and work equipment: Communication device, assistive technology, computer accommodations, workstation, ergonomic chair
  • Adaptive strategies: Training, pacing, breaks, task structuring, tool placement

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    Impact of timing for accommodation implementation

  • Didn’t affect at all (27%)
  • Didn’t get job because never received accommodations or used for other purposes (30%)
  • Energy savings, efficiency (12%)
  • Not as efficient, had to borrow coworkers equipment, couldn’t do job until accommodations received (15%)
  • Affected, but reason not specified (12%)
  • Lost job, not due to accommodations (4%)

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    Effectiveness of accommodations

  • Accomplished the intended purpose, 54%
  • Partially effective, 15%

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    Why accommodations didn’t work

  • Awkward to use
  • Computer programs were not screen-reader friendly
  • Equipment didn’t work or inefficient – computer impacted by virus that couldn’t be removed, external noises caused voice activated software to malfunction, equipment not customized for user, cheap equipment broke, outdated
  • Equipment not suited for job – workstation too big, wrong equipment purchased, new equipment not compatible with older accommodations (which were not always updated)
  • Subject’s physical condition affected ability to work and use accommodations

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    Accommodations used for other purposes

  • Yes, 54%
  • No, 23%

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    Training

  • Provided, 39%
  • Not provided, 57%
  • Would training have been helpful?

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    What happened?

  • Were the recommended accommodations taken to subsequent jobs?
  • Still using?

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    Awareness of new and emerging technologies


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    Accommodations implemented independently

  • Environmental modifications: ramp, bathroom
  • Magnification software and equipment
  • Service animal
  • Workstation
  • Rest breaks, pacing
  • Computer
  • Updated versions of various software
  • Ergonomic equipment: chair, computer aids

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