Morgantown, WV (Vocus) June 17, 2010
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a service that helps employers understand and fulfill their responsibilities under the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) legislation, which marks its 20th anniversary on July 26th.
JAN is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. JAN’s trusted consultants offer one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities.
Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace. Assistance is available both over the phone and online.
Those who can benefit from JAN’s services include:
- Private employers of all sizes
- Federal, state, and local government agencies
- Employee representatives
- Service providers
- People with disabilities and their families
From Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurs, JAN has served customers in the United States and internationally for more than 25 years. For more information, please go to http://www.AskJAN.org or call (800) 526-7234 (V) or (877) 781-9403 (TTY). JAN is a service of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.
What is a workplace accommodation?
A workplace accommodation can be any modification or adjustment to a job or work environment that enables a person with a disability to apply for or perform a job. The term also encompasses alterations to ensure an individual with a disability has rights and privileges in employment equal to those of employees without disabilities.
Research shows that accommodations are highly cost effective, with most incurring little or no expense at all. In fact, data collected by JAN over the years reveal that more than half of accommodations cost employers nothing. Of those that do cost, the typical one-time expenditure is $600—an outlay that most employers report pays for itself multiple-fold in the form of reduced insurance and training costs and increased productivity.
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