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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. Workplace Accommodation Outcomes
  2. What prompted this study?
  3. Methodology
  4. Demographics
  5. Demographics, cont.
  6. Employment Status
  7. Accommodations used prior to assessment
  8. Job classification
  9. The decision makers in the accommodation process
  10. Accommodations recommended

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Workplace Accommodation Outcomes
Putting Practice into Policy

September 15-16, 2005
State of the Science Conference

Sarah Endicott

Logos: Work RERC, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA), College of Architecture, Georgia Tech.

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What prompted this study?

  • A literature review on workplace accommodations revealed that information about accommodations is presented in general terms, and specific accommodation solutions and outcomes are not well documented in the literature
  • The Work RERC study entitled A Retrospective Analysis of User Needs identified accommodation and assistive technology recommendations given for the subject population, but revealed inconsistent documentation for implementation outcomes of the technology and accommodations recommended

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    Demographics, cont.

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    Employment Status

    At the time of original assessment, subjects were:
  • Employed, 58%
  • Unemployed, 42%

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    Accommodations used prior to assessment

  • No accommodations or doesn’t remember, 77%
  • Physical/spatial environment - None reported
  • Assistive technology and work equipment, 25% - Communication device, speakerphone, adapted tools, computer accommodations, magnification aids
  • Adaptive strategies, 2% - Made large print documents using copier, job site orientation

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    Job classification

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    The decision makers in the accommodation process

  • Self / subject, 89%
  • Family member, 31%
  • Friends, community, 4%
  • Medical professional, 8%
  • Private insurance, none
  • Workers compensation, none
  • Vocational rehabilitation, 50%
  • Employer, 31%
  • The above persons participated in addition to the service providers from the Georgia Tech team

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    Accommodations recommended

  • Physical/spatial environment: Ramp, floor surface alterations, door modifications, bathroom modifications, arrange furniture, parking
  • Assistive technology and work equipment: Communication device, speakerphone, assistive technology, adapted tools, computer accommodations, magnification aid, workstation, ergonomic chair
  • Adaptive strategies: Job site orientation, training, eliminate non-essential tasks, pacing, taking breaks, assistance, tool placement

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