Job Accommodation Scenarios

Match the following job scenarios with the accommodation made for the employee:

Scenarios Accommodations
1. An engineer with epilepsy had difficulty keeping projects going. a. To accommodate this employee, the computer screen color scheme and font was adjusted to make it easier for the individual to read the test material. The employee used a ruler held to the computer screen to “stay on the line” when reading test questions. The employee was allowed to watch the tutorial more than once and was allowed to take the quizzes un-timed.
2. A laborer with epilepsy wanted to make her work area safe in the event of a seizure. b. Accommodations were things like color-coding projects, using an electronic organizer, using wall charts to track progress, and having the supervisor prioritize employee’s tasks. The approximate accommodation cost is $275.
3. A supervisor of a printing company requested information on how to accommodate an employee who has reduced concentration and memory loss due to mental illness. His duties included operating copy machines, maintaining the paper supply, filling orders, and checking the orders for accuracy. He was having difficulty staying on task and remembering what tasks he had completed. c. The company installed machine guarding around the operator’s machine. The approximate accommodation cost is $475.
4. A new-hire telemarketer with deficits in reading comprehension had to watch a computerized training tutorial, and then complete timed quizzes on the computer. d. A consultant suggested laminating a copy of his daily job tasks and checking items off with an erasable marker. Another suggestion was to use a watch with an alarm set for every hour as a reminder to check on his other job responsibilities.
5. An employee who works in a manufacturing environment had a learning disability. The employee had difficulty remembering task sequences of the job. e. The site supervisor purchased the Jobber 6 contractor’s calculator to help the employee “figure” fractions, triangles, circles, area (and more) efficiently and accurately.
6. A building contractor with dyscalculia was inefficient when creating job quotes. To ensure the mathematical calculations were accurate, the employee spent extra time “figuring” and “double-checking” the numbers. f. The employee requested additional training time, written job tasks instructions, daily checklists, and allowing one hour each day to be off the phones to complete job tasks.
7. A secretary in a busy office with bipolar disorder who had difficulty with short-term memory and concentration had trouble staying on task. g. The supervisor provided written instructions, whereby each major task was broken down into smaller, sequential sub-parts. Each subpart was color-coded for easy reference (green means start, red means stop).

Answer Key:

  1. b
  2. c
  3. d
  4. a
  5. g
  6. e
  7. f