In the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), “reasonable accommodations” are modifications or adjustments that let you perform the essential functions of your job. Accommodations can be:
- Time off for doctor appointments,
- A flexible work schedule so you can work more hours on “good days” and fewer hours when necessary,
- Removing functions that are not essential from your job description,
- Technological devices,
- Accessible restrooms, or
- Educating and informing your co-workers.
The ADA does not say that employers have to hire a certain number of people with disabilities. It says employers must give people with disabilities the same job chances as employees without disabilities. You must be able to perform the essential functions of your job, with or without reasonable accommodations, to be protected under the ADA. If you cannot perform the essential functions of your job, even with reasonable accommodations, an employer does not have to hire you or provide accommodations.
Even if your job support needs are greater than what the ADA requires an employer to provide, you may still be able to work there if regional center or DOR provides the supports.
For more information about reasonable accommodations and other questions about your job, contact Disability Rights California.