Reasonable Accommodations: Obstacles and Opportunities to the Employment of Persons with a Disability
As a response to ongoing concerns expressed by both persons with disabilities and employers about barriers to attaining and providing reasonable accommodations, and the lack of documented good practice in this area, we produced a report on reasonable accommodations.
The report aimed to.
This work was undertaken in the context of Strategic Priority Six of the Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities 2015-2024, which seeks to advance employer engagement.
The report includes a literature review and a select review of Workplace Relations Commission and Labour Court decisions relating to reasonable accommodation under the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2015.
Bilateral and focus group consultations, including with persons with disabilities, were also undertaken to inform the report.
The main barriers to a seamless reasonable accommodation identified included issues around disclosure, lack of policies and procedures, failure to respond to requests for accommodations in a timely manner, low awareness regarding the whole area of reasonable accommodations and the type of supports currently available, and lack of follow-up regarding implemented accommodations.