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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. Opinion: Did accommodations make subject feel more independent?
  2. Opinion: Did accommodations make subject (in his/her opinion) appear more independent to those around
  3. Opinion: Did subject feel that employment supervisors and coworkers were supportive of the assistive technology provided to them?
  4. Opinion: Subject was satisfied with the recommended accommodations
  5. Early conclusions
  6. Early conclusions, cont.
  7. Early conclusions, cont.
  8. Early conclusions, cont.
  9. Early conclusions, cont.

Slide 21 of 29

Opinion: Did accommodations make subject feel more independent?


Slide 22 of 29

Opinion: Did accommodations make subject (in his/her opinion) appear more independent to those around

  • Strongly agree - 35%
  • Agree - 23%
  • Neutral - 12%
  • Disagree - 4%
  • No opinion - 27%

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    Opinion: Did subject feel that employment supervisors and coworkers were supportive of the assistive technology provided to them?

  • Strongly agree - 23%
  • Agree - 19%
  • Neutral - 12%
  • Disagree - 8%
  • Strongly disagree - 8%
  • No opinion - 31%

  • Slide 24 of 29

    Opinion: Subject was satisfied with the recommended accommodations

  • Strongly agree - 46%
  • Agree - 12%
  • Neutral - 4%
  • Disagree - 8%
  • Strongly disagree - 4%
  • No opinion - 27%

  • Slide 25 of 29

    Early conclusions

  • Those people who were employed at the time of the assessment were being accommodated at their current job, or were returning to jobs they had before they became disabled
  • Persons who did not use accommodations prior to assessment by Georgia Tech were generally people who had a newly acquired disability – no accommodations had previously been needed

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    Early conclusions, cont.

    Impact of timing in receiving accommodations

  • 27% of subjects described a loop/Catch 22 situation: they couldn’t get a job without accommodations, but accommodations would not be provided until a job was secured
  • General opinion was that there is a lot of technology available and plenty of people to recommend what might be appropriate for a particular situation, but there are few people available to set things up and to reconfigure equipment in the event upgrades are made, and there are even fewer resources that provide ongoing support and/or maintenance – much of the technology reported abandoned did not work with newer technology, such as a computer with a different operating system

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    Early conclusions, cont.

  • Many of the accommodations still in use are furniture or workstation related – electronic technology, such as computers, has become outdated or obsolete
  • Many of the accommodations implemented independently are similar to accommodations implemented for employment – but in a different location, such as a home

  • Slide 28 of 29

    Early conclusions, cont.

  • Accommodations that didn’t work were generally inefficient to use, or not suited for the job
  • Accommodations used for purposes other than the original intent were often used for personal reasons

  • Slide 29 of 29

    Early conclusions, cont.



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