The attention to psychiatric disabilities increased as alleged discrimination based on emotional or psychiatric impairments became the second largest source of ADA charges, after back problems, filed with the EEOC.
The percentage of ADA charges filed with the EEOC for discrimination alleging emotional or psychiatric impairments, over the four-year period of 1992 to 1996, increased steadily from 8.7 percent to 15 percent.
People with learning disabilities can flourish in the workplace when they know their rights and when employers accommodate their needs with appropriate planning, policies and practices.
Considering that as much as 15 percent of the population has a disability of some sort, workplaces will benefit from the diverse thinking and problem-solving skills these workers bring to their jobs.
The problem is that not all organizations have the information, policies or training in place to make accommodating an employee with a disability a smooth process.The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects qualified individuals with disabilities from employment discrimination.Under the ADA, employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities, unless doing so would pose an undue hardship.Mental illness has touched many of our families and many of our friends. ADAs Title I principles prohibiting discrimination in the workplace were formulated for both physical and psychiatric disabilities; after the ADA passed, however, the statute as applied to physical disabilities received the most attention. [E]xperts say that discrimination has decreased and that employers generally are willing to provide the special accommodations needed by employees with physical impairments. Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits a private employer with 15 or more employees from discriminating against a qualified individual with a disability because of the disability of such individual in regard to job application procedures, the hiring, advancement, or discharge of employees, employee compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.
They should also provide adapted materials for everyone.