Accommodating people hidden disabilities
The book puts a spotlight on hidden disabilities such as epilepsy or autism and how they impact people on a day-to-day basis. That is out of step with changes faced by other children.For example, other children aged 16 in full-time education are able to continue to claim free prescriptions, free eye tests and free dental checks, but children with special needs and disabilities have to face this change in benefits at 16.Some examples of "hidden" disabilities are learning disabilities, mental illness, epilepsy, cancer, arthritis, mental retardation, traumatic brain injury, AIDS and asthma.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines "disability" as an impairment that "substantially limits one or more of the major life activities." Although some disabilities, such as inability to walk, missing or impaired limbs or severely impaired vision, are easy to observe, many disabilities are not.
Many of us are concerned that we won’t know how to handle it when someone comes to us needing help or that making accommodations might be expensive or difficult.
The rules and requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act are actually straightforward, and provide a clear path to getting your employee what he or she needs.
“An individual with a disability must…be qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation, in order to be protected by the ADA.
This means that the applicant or employee must: Rebecca Helton, MA I'm a Program Manager for the Edge at Vanderbilt and primarily work with early career faculty.