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:
A manager with muscular dystrophy was having difficulty with daily living needs.
The individual was allowed to bring her service animal to work and provided an accessible restroom.
A physician with muscular dystrophy was having problems getting up from a seated position after consulting with patients.
The individual was accommodated with a lift cushion for his chair.
A secretary with muscular dystrophy was restricted from typing information into her computer due to fine motor limitations.
She was accommodated with speech recognition.
An engineer with muscular dystrophy had difficulty grasping frequently used files.
He was accommodated with a desktop carousel.
A technical writer with muscular dystrophy was having difficulty reaching her workstation.
The individual was accommodated with a flat screen monitor, monitor arm, keyboard tray, footrest, headset, and strategically placed filing racks.
A staff employee with muscular dystrophy who operated a power chair with a joystick was having difficulty opening doors.
The individual could not grasp door handles and was accommodated with automatic door openers.
A student with muscular dystrophy was limited in her use of the computer.
She was accommodated with a miniature computer keyboard and mouse. The keyboard worked with the slightest touch and no force was needed to activate the keys.
A lawyer with muscular dystrophy was having difficulty climbing stairs.
He was accommodated with a stair lift.
JAN Publications & Articles Regarding Muscular Dystrophy
Consultants' Corner Articles
- A Support Person as an Accommodation
- Accommodations for Housekeeping/Janitorial Workers with Industrial Injuries
- Accommodations Related to Commuting To and From Work
- Best Practices for Addressing Requests for Ergonomic Chairs
- Confidentiality of Medical Information under the ADA
- Hidden Disabilities: Confidentiality and Travel
- No Articles available for Muscular Dystrophy