JAN (Job Accommodation Network)Meet JAN

No, JAN is not a female! Instead, JAN stands for the Job Accommodation Network, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). JAN helps businesses provide accommodations for people with disabilities. Its website (https://askjan.org) lists dozens of specific medical and physical problems and then provides ideas for possible accommodation solutions. JAN also has consultants who can give one-on-one consultations with business owners or employees to help solve issues relating to the Americans with Disabilities ACT (ADA) and workplace accommodations.

In late spring The Kessler Foundation released an in depth study of over 3,000 Americans with disabilities showing that more than 43% of them are currently employed. Thirty-six percent of the people surveyed felt that a significant barrier to obtaining work was employers who believed the applicant could not perform the job. However, many were able to remove that barrier and are currently employed.

There are untold thousands of Americans with disabilities who desire to contribute to society as dedicated and able workers. However, for many years the paradigm of many employers has been to hire fully physically capable people for jobs even if the job could easily be performed by a person with a disability. Fortunately in the last couple of years we have seen several major corporations take the lead in destroying this paradigm.

Take, for instance, Microsoft Corporation. Recently Microsoft announced that they were undertaking a bold initiative to hire people with autism. Some of the world’s most brilliant and recognized talent have autism or autistic tendencies. Many are excellent in math or other skills that set them apart from the average worker, enabling them to make breakthroughs and provide a mindset that is different from the average employee, thus actually providing Microsoft with a potential advantage over other companies.

Small or large, any business that has an employee apply for a position should carefully look at the applicant’s abilities as a whole and review what that applicant can contribute, not just look at their apparent physical deficiencies and hire another person. By using JAN and other resources the employer can get ideas on accommodations, implement them and may end up with a better employee than expected.




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