01 Oct

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2021 — An Interview with JAN’s Anne Hirsh on Disability Inclusion and Supporting Employers and Employees During the COVID-19 Pandemic

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM 2021). This year’s theme “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion” focuses on the importance of ensuring employment participation of people with disabilities in...

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18 May

Dealing with Stress in the Workplace, Part 2

Everyone deals with stress at work — whether experienced at an onsite setting or while working remotely. Whether it is starting a new job, undertaking a new project, or just...

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06 May

A JAN Interview with Marty Exline from the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP)

Assistive technology (AT) is often an important component to successful employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Whether low tech or high tech, at JAN we are often sharing information with...

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20 Apr

FAQ: COVID-19 Vaccination and the Americans with Disabilities Act

The availability of authorized COVID-19 vaccines offers hope that America is on the path toward pandemic recovery. Employers are doing their part to boost this recovery by implementing strategies for...

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11 Mar

COVID-19 Long Haulers and the Americans with Disabilities Act

Some individuals who had COVID-19 are experiencing ongoing effects or lingering symptoms for months afterward.  The scientific name for this medical condition is Post-acute COVID-19 Syndrome or Long COVID.  If...

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09 Mar

Accommodating Employees with COVID-19-Related Symptoms

Employers across the United States are receiving accommodation requests from employees who currently have COVID-19 or who have recovered from COVID-19 but have long-term effects. As a result, JAN received...

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19 Feb

Requesting and Negotiating Accommodations During the Pandemic

Many employees with disabilities are encountering a need for new accommodations during the COVID-19 pandemic.  For example, employees may now have greater health risks and require more protection.  Employees with...

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18 Feb

A Conversation with Julia Martensson of Specialisterne

JAN consultant Melanie Whetzel had the opportunity to interview Julia Martensson, Senior Talent Acquisition Manager of Specialisterne, to find out more about the company and its role in promoting workplace...

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21 Jan

The Wonders of Winter – Accommodation Options for Cold Weather

With the holiday season over, the wonders of winter are now in full swing. The cold weather that winter brings will cause challenges for everyone. But, people with disabilities can...

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02 Dec

New JAN Training Module and Videos Regarding Disability Disclosure!

In the many years I’ve worked at the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), one of the issues that has consistently come up when talking to individuals with disabilities is whether to...

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03 Aug

Accommodation Strategies for Returning to Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In order to keep businesses operating in a COVID-19 pandemic world, employers and employees are finding innovative, creative, and productive ways to continue to do work. Many employers are abandoning...

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16 Jul

Reflections on the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

For our July blog, JAN team members were asked to reflect on what the ADA means to them, either professionally or personally (or both).

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30 Mar

Coronavirus (COVID-19), Stress, and Mental Health Conditions

During these unprecedented times there is a lot of confusion and uncertainty about the coronavirus. The unknown of how we may each be impacted, added to the stressors of work,...

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23 Mar

The ADA and Managing Reasonable Accommodation Requests from Employees with Disabilities in Response to COVID-19

Employers all over the country are responding to the COVID-19, or coronavirus, situation in unprecedented ways in an effort to be part of the solution to reduce the spread of...

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19 Feb

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at 30 – A Piece of JAN History

As many of you know, the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is located at West Virginia University (WVU) in Morgantown, WV. While well known for our sports teams and sometimes-overzealous student...

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06 Feb

Syncope: Understanding What It Is and How to Accommodate It

I recently got back from presenting on workplace accommodations at a national safety conference. One common issue that came up repeatedly were instances when employees, both those with and without...

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13 Nov

Screen Reader Troubleshooting

You’ve asked your employer for a screen reader and engaged in the interactive process. Now, your screen reading program is here and ready to use! Be aware, the software does...

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07 Nov

Accommodating Distracting Work Spaces

Maybe your desk is in the middle of a new open-floor office space your employer decided to lease. Maybe your colleagues are a bit too talkative throughout the day, or...

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29 Oct

A Practical Approach to Emergency Evacuation for Wheelchair Users

Serving on the motor team for 8 years, one issue that comes up time after time is emergency evacuation plans for an employee who uses a wheelchair. Whether it’s part...

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26 Sep

Memory Difficulties in the Workplace

We have all had moments of forgetfulness. Maybe you mixed up your Tuesdays and showed up to a medical appointment one week early; when you were a student, perhaps it...

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11 Sep

Ask JAN! Issue Two

The JAN staff respond to a broad range of inquiries related to disability employment issues, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and accommodation topics. In March, JAN published an Ask...

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05 Sep

Choosing Among Options for Computer Users with Low Vision

Here at JAN, many of our assistive technology (AT) related vision calls continue to revolve around computer access. One of our most commonly requested resources is external computer screen magnification....

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14 Aug

Reflections on the West Virginia University (WVU) Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI) Inaugural Summit

Every sixty-six seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in this country. This was the jarring statistic a speaker shared with attendees at West Virginia University’s Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute Inaugural...

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25 Jul

What’s that Smell? Balancing Fragrance-Related Accommodation Needs with the Need to Use Essential Oils

An employee with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) experiences respiratory distress and headaches when exposed to certain fragrances. A coworker with generalized anxiety disorder uses essential oils to manage stress. How...

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15 Jul

Disability in the Workplace - Old School, New School

My career spans more than 30 years in the field of disability and employment. As expected, many changes have occurred as we march toward that more inclusive workplace. Noticeably over...

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06 May

Palm Trees and AT: JAN Goes to CSUN

Last month, three lucky members of the JAN staff had the opportunity to attend the 34th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in beautiful Anaheim, California. We packed our bags and headed...

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01 Apr

Ask JAN!

In the age of virtual assistants, like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, we’ve become accustomed to the convenience of asking an artificial intelligence-powered device any question we can think of,...

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25 Feb

Consumer Beware! How to Avoid Work-at-Home Scams and Other Business Schemes

National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is March 3-9, 2019. Sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the week aims to draw attention to information, resources, and organizations available to consumers...

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13 Feb

Vitamin Deficiency – A Hidden Workplace Concern

We are taught at an early age that nutrition is important. I remember being in elementary school and learning about the food pyramid and how different diets can affect our...

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16 Jan

What are the JAN Consultants and Employment Specialists Reading?

Melanie Whetzel, Lead Consultant – Cognitive/Neurological Team Mental Health and Productivity in the Workplace: A Handbook for Organizations and Clinicians By: Jeffrey P. Kahn, M.D. and Alan M. Langlieb, M.D. M.B.A...

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28 Nov

If We Had Known…

Here at JAN, we’ve written a good bit about disclosure – what it means, and how, when, and why it should be done. You can find the information on our...

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30 Oct

Is It Too Early To Think About A Post-Inclusionary World?

Is it a little premature to think about a post-inclusionary world – a world that is both true to the theme of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)...

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29 Oct

How Can I Help?

How can I help? Asking this simple question can be a strategic way of creating a safe space for disability-disclosure at work. It can be a way of demonstrating good...

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