Questions to Consider:
- What limitations is the employee experiencing?
- How do these limitations affect the employee and the employee’s job performance?
- What specific job tasks are problematic as a result of these limitations?
- What accommodations are available to reduce or eliminate these problems? Are all possible resources being used to determine possible accommodations?
- Has the employee been consulted regarding possible accommodations?
- Once accommodations are in place, would it be useful to meet with the employee to evaluate the effectiveness of the accommodations and to determine whether additional accommodations are needed?
- Do supervisory personnel and employees need training?
Situations and Solutions:
An applicant for an administrative position only had the use of one hand.
The employer requires all employees to be able to type at a certain speed or higher. The applicant states that she is unable to meet this speed with a traditional keyboard, but can with a keyboard designed for one hand use. The employer purchased a one-handed keyboard as an accommodation.
An employee recently returned to work after having one hand amputated.
The employee had difficulty using a staple remover. The employer agreed to switch from using staples to paper clips as the employee finds those much easier to work with.
An employee was having trouble using heavy power tools due to only having the use of one hand.
The employer provided tool balancers to counter the weight of the tools as an accommodation.
An applicant for a truck driver position only has the use of one hand.
The employer agrees to allow the applicant to drive an automatic transmission truck and also outfit that truck with steering grips as an accommodation.
An employee working as a nursing assistant had the use of only one hand and had difficulty lifting patients to bathe them.
The employer provided a patient lift as an accommodation.
JAN Publications & Articles Regarding Hand Amputation/One Hand Use
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