Glucose monitoring is an important component of diabetes management, but what should employers do when the way an employee manages their condition is in conflict with a policy? Here is...Read More about Apps for Diabetes Management – Workplace Accommodation Strategies
As the Lead Consultant on JAN’s self-employment team, I’m often fielding questions from individuals with disabilities interested in starting a business in agriculture. These types of businesses include a diverse...Read More about A Farmer in Our Midst – An Interview with JAN’s Own Dr. Beth Loy
The trucking industry can bring a unique set of challenges when it comes to accommodating employees with motor-related impairments. The limitations caused by these impairments can vary, but frequently reported...Read More about Accommodating Truck Drivers with Motor Impairments
This past November, I had the opportunity to attend the 2017 Annual International Conference on ADHD, otherwise known as the CHADD Conference. A colleague and I headed down to Atlanta,...Read More about An Interview with Sandy Maynard- ADD/ADHD Coach and Owner of Catalytic Coaching
February is Low Vision Awareness Month. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 253 million people are living with vision impairments with 36 million individuals who are blind...Read More about Magnifiers, Screen Readers, and Braille – Oh My!
“This is a question too difficult for a mathematician. It should be asked of a philosopher.” (His answer when asked about completing his income tax form). ― Albert Einstein Tax time...Read More about It’s Tax Time! Resources for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities
JAN is fortunate to be able to use the JAN Blog as a vehicle for interviewing an organization, employer, individual, or business about how their work contributes to the employability...Read More about Guest Blog: Innovative Approaches — An Interview with the Owners of Picasso Einstein
The flu epidemic is sweeping the U.S. this winter season. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), influenza-like illness is reported as widespread across all ten regions of the...Read More about Fighting the Flu at Work
As the Lead Consultant on the JAN Sensory Team, I receive many questions about hearing aids and telephone headsets. One common issue with these type of questions is that there...Read More about Hearing Aid Tips When Using Telephone Headsets
ADHD Awareness Month is celebrated annually to help improve the lives of those living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The theme for 2017, Knowing Better: ADHD Across the Life...Read More about October is ADHD Awareness Month
On November 2nd and 3rd, hundreds of people from around the world gathered at the Second Harkin Summit on Global Disability Employment to listen, network, and discuss the continuing employment...Read More about Observations from the 2017 Harkin Summit
The consultants on JAN’s sensory team frequently field questions regarding allergies and respiratory impairments. One common trigger for allergic reactions and respiratory distress is exposure to mold. Many employers are...Read More about Breaking the Mold with Workplace Accommodations
The song is in your head now, isn’t it? You know the one. Now you have this vision of a pile of big and little, furry dogs, ears flopping up...Read More about Who Let the Dogs…In?
I have recently started working in the disability field assisting individuals with diverse limitations who are trying to acquire workplace accommodations. In the few short months I’ve been working in...Read More about All Disabilities Matter in an Inclusive Workplace
It’s October again. For many people, October is a time for pumpkin spice everything, watching football, feeling the warmth of a cozy sweatshirt, and enjoying the colors of fall as...Read More about Workplace Supports for Employees with Breast Cancer
Leave-related accommodation issues are among the most complex and challenging under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ADA leave can be administered in various ways, and in conjunction with employer...Read More about Maximum Leave Policies and the ADA
JAN is fortunate to be able to use the JAN Blog as a vehicle for interviewing an organization, employer, individual, or business about how their work contributes to the employability...Read More about An Interview with Barbara Bissonnette of Forward Motion Coaching
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month! As thunderstorms hit and temperatures rise, I’m reminded that summer is quickly approaching. Time sure does fly by — it feels like we were...Read More about Shining a Light on Sun Safety
We recently received an inquiry regarding accommodation options for individuals who are receiving dialysis and are taking time off work to seek the treatment. Employers who are evaluating these types...Read More about Accommodation Ideas for Individuals on Dialysis
We’ve been getting more and more questions about service animals in the workplace, both from employers and people with disabilities who use service animals. One of the questions we frequently...Read More about Service Animal Access vs. Wheelchair Access – Why the Difference?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrated its 26th anniversary this past July. This legislation is purposed to improve the lives of people with disabilities by protecting their rights to...Read More about Disclosure Basics
Occasionally at JAN, we are contacted by a new organization or individual who wants to share with us their information and the work they do through a guest Blog. We...Read More about Guest Blog – Website Addresses Addiction and Mental Health Impairments
With summer coming to a close and schools starting to resume, I become reminiscent of the time when my son was younger. I hear parents talking about being anxious for school to start so their kids will be back on a schedule and out of their hair.Read More about What’s in a Routine?
As the Lead Consultant for the Motor Team, I am asked questions daily about the provision of equipment as an accommodation. Employers, individuals, and even rehabilitation professionals often ask if...Read More about Common Questions about Providing Equipment as an Accommodation
Every Thursday afternoon, I grab my yarn and knitting needles and join some of my colleagues at JAN for our “Yarn Club.” A mix of knitters and crocheters gather together...Read More about Hobby Groups, Workplace Wellness, and Stress Reduction
Support from JAN In light of the tragedy that occurred at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando this week, I’d like to discuss how experiencing a traumatic event can lead to...Read More about Resources for Those Affected by Trauma Related Disability and LGBTQ Workplace Supports
This past November, JAN posted a Blog discussing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is often characterized as “winter blues;” it is a type of depression that is associated with the...Read More about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) — Only In the Winter? Not Always the Case
In his beloved book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, Dr. Seuss writes about “The Waiting Place” — an imaginary (or perhaps not) place in life where everyone is waiting for...Read More about Avoiding “The Waiting Place” After Requesting Medical Information
The Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) recently held its annual FMLA/ADA Employer Compliance Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Being an ADA/FMLA geek, I always enjoy this event and believe it ranks...Read More about New Employer’s Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act Announced at DMEC Employer Compliance Conference
Cooking and eating together are powerful ways of building relationships and creating a sense of community at work. Whether you are seeking to include an employee in cooking activities, or...Read More about Accommodating Cooks with Low Vision
While some of you may be familiar with the two dyslexia fonts highlighted below, many may not be aware of the specifics of how they can assist as reading improvement...Read More about Fonts for Readers with Dyslexia
Many JAN customers contact us with an interest in starting a food related business. Below is a sample of the type of food businesses we have been contacted about: Food...Read More about Tips for Starting a Food Related Small Business
According to Autism Speaks, people all over the globe will wear blue and light up their communities for World Autism Awareness Day tomorrow, April 2, 2016. Autism Speaks is the...Read More about April is National Autism Awareness Month. Let’s Light It up Blue!!
After the long, dark, and cold winter, we yearn for spring. We look forward to warmth, flowers, birdsong, and spending time outdoors. We also look forward to the opportunity to...Read More about Spring Cleaning Your Workplace
This year, The National Sleep Foundation will celebrate Sleep Awareness Week starting March 6th. The hope is to spread awareness of the importance of sleep to our health, safety, and...Read More about Whether You Are a Night Owl or Morning Bird, Make Sure You Are Catching Your Zzzs
At the beginning of February, a few JAN consultants had the privilege to travel to sunny Orlando, Florida to attend the annual Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) conference. All week,...Read More about JAN Goes to the ATIA Conference
If you take a management class or two, you get a lot of theory. You might read about the Hawthorne Effect, which tells us that employees work harder when they...Read More about Disability Inclusion as a Function of Managing
Remember the old saying, “He knows just enough to be dangerous”? I find this saying popping into my head over and over when I talk with employers about reassignment as...Read More about As the Old Saying Goes…
Lately, I’ve had that holiday tune, Baby It’s Cold Outside, melodically playing in my mind (imagine the Lady Gaga and Tony Bennet rendition). The song makes me smile and, ironically,...Read More about Baby It’s Cold…Inside
It’s that time again! With all the holiday festivities at the end of the year, we may be tempted to bring in those leftovers, or wear that new perfume, but...Read More about A Scent Filled Season — Allergy Reminder for the End of Year
As I was driving on the interstate this past week, I couldn’t help but notice that most of the trees had lost their leaves. The beautiful reds, yellows, and oranges...Read More about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) — More than Gray Skies in Winter
At almost every event or conference I attend, one of the questions I’m frequently asked is, “What kind of businesses do people with disabilities start?” My response to the question...Read More about What Kind of Businesses Do People with Disabilities Start?
Not only is October National Disability Employment Awareness Month, but it is also Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. JAN is joining with others such as LD OnLine and the Learning Disabilities...Read More about Recognizing Learning Disabilities (LD) Awareness Month
One of the most positive things about more people surviving breast cancer, and cancer diagnoses in general, is that life after a diagnosis goes on, including one’s work life. Many...Read More about Work After Breast Cancer
Inclusion. Equality. Fairness. Respect. It’s reasonable to say that all of these words have significant meaning to everyone, particularly at work. All employees should be able to participate in, and...Read More about Strategies for Developing a Transgender-Inclusive Workplace
October 10th is World Mental Health Day. Originally celebrated in 1992 as an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, its objectives included raising awareness of mental health issues...Read More about Mental Health Awareness – Creating a More Inclusive Workplace
This past summer, I attended a session at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) conference entitled “Borderline Personality Disorder: Demystified and Destigmatized” led by Dr. Alan Fruzzetti, a Professor...Read More about Validation as a Key to Workplace Success for Employees with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
In this final segment of the 2-part Blog on accommodations for healthcare workers with motor impairments, JAN Lead Consultant Elisabeth Simpson, MS., CRC, in collaboration with the founder of the...Read More about Healthcare Workers with Motor Impairments – Part 2