Melanie WhetzelPrincipal Consultant, Team Lead
Melanie Whetzel is a Principal Consultant and Team Lead for the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), the leading national source of expert guidance on workplace accommodation and disability employment issues. With nearly 30 years of experience in the disability field, Melanie is a highly knowledgeable and valued consultant. Melanie began her career at JAN in February of 2008 as a consultant on the cognitive/neurological team and now leads that team.
Melanie enables adults with disabilities to become effective self-advocates, to understand their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and to be effective employees. She also assists employers in understanding their responsibilities under the ADA and how to accommodate employees with disabilities so they can continue to work productively. Melanie specializes in learning disabilities, mental health conditions, intellectual/developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and brain injuries.
Melanie is a respected and sought-after speaker who presents nationally on accommodation and ADA topics ranging from mental health conditions to conduct and performance issues, learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, brain injuries, and more. She has also authored numerous publications for JAN and outside sources.
Prior to her career with JAN, she taught and advocated for students with disabilities in the public-school system for fourteen years. Becoming a JAN Consultant was a perfect way to transition from teaching and advocating for students, assuring they had the modifications they needed to be successful in the classroom, to facilitating adults in their employment pursuits and helping them be successful in the workplace.
Melanie holds a Master of Arts degree in Special Education, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and has earned sixty hours above masters’ level. Her post-graduate work has been primarily focused on special education. She has completed a graduate certification in Career Planning and Placement for Youth in Transition and became a Certified Brain Injury Specialist in December 2014.
- Employee Accommodation Inquiry Letter
- Disability Awareness Training
- Less Clutter, More Productivity
- Getting to Work on Time
- Morale and Fairness Issues Related to Accommodations under the ADA
- Parents as Caregivers, Not Qualified Employees under the ADA
- Hidden Disabilities: Confidentiality and Travel
- Interviewing Tips for Applicants with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
- Is Menopause a Disability under the ADA?
- Documentation of a Learning Disability
- Epilepsy, Driving, and Employment
- A Support Person as an Accommodation
- Disclosing a Disability Before an Accommodation is Needed
- Supporting Employees with Mental Health and Cognitive Conditions while Teleworking
- Accommodations for Difficulties with Assisting Others on the Telephone Due to Stress, Anxiety, and Interpersonal Communications
- Should an Accommodation Request Automatically Trigger FMLA?
- When Support Persons Hamper the Process They were Brought in to Facilitate
- Leave as an Ineffective Accommodation
- Cognitive Impairment and the Interactive Process
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) versus Executive Functioning Deficits
- Auditory Processing Difficulties in the Workplace
- A Fictional Representation of a Very Real Disorder: Narcolepsy with Cataplexy
- Accommodating Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia)
- In the Spotlight: Stroke
- Accommodating an Aging Workforce
- What is PseudoBalbar Affect?
- Providing a Reader as an Accommodation
- June is Alzheimer's Awareness Month
- Job Coaches and Support People for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
- Back-to-School Survival Kit
- The ABCs of Back to School
- Executive Function Deficits, Higher Level Employees, and Accommodations
- Postpartum Depression
- Interview Tips for New Grads with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
- Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
- Workplace Mentoring: It’s all Good!
- Phobias in the Workplace