Disability Resource Center

Four Critical Ways To Make Your Office Friendly To Your Disabled Worker

Your office should be able to accommodate everyone regardless of their disability. This consideration is a humane act and a constitutional directive. Unfortunately, many offices are constructed without minding the need to have appropriate disability services. Besides planning, comfort, and general functionality of your office, invest in disability facilitation. A disabled worker's employment experience needs to be as comfortable as any other employee.

Here are four ways you can make your office inclusive.

Visual disability adjustments

Many employable people are living with visual impairments. Some are blind, while others have a partial impairment. Your office should have visual, aural, and physical adjustments that suit each disability.

Office signage ought to be readable. Additionally, escalators and lifts should have audio enhancements to alert visually impaired employees. The office also needs to provide software to help visually impaired individuals carry out central functions like reading and writing.

Application of braille and having an office plan that eases movement is a move that this group will appreciate. Additionally, mind the lighting solutions in your workspace.

Hearing disability adjustments

You can come across a disabled worker who has difficulty hearing. A deaf employee will benefit from visual alarms, the use of sign language, captioning of all video content, and having hearing induction loops in strategic spaces.

Mobility disability adjustments

There is a section of people living with mobility disabilities. Some have hidden conditions that limit their movement ability. Others have a pronounced disability and need crutches, scooters, walkers, canes, and wheelchairs to move.

To create employment for disabled persons, you need to widen doorways and other spaces to accommodate the devices that help this group move from one point to another. Have strong rails and automated doors and windows.

You should have reserved parking spaces with all the necessary aids. 

Cognitive disability adjustments

As you try to make the disabled worker employment experience great, do not forget those with cognitive impairments. Unfortunately, mental disabilities are usually hidden. They affect your employees' ability to develop or learn work basics and new developments. It is hard to spot this disability. However, a good example is someone with dyslexia.

You can help this group by having clear and simplified communication. Secondly, have appropriate software that can help them read and write. Investing in dictation machines and smarts pens is encouraged. Additionally, giving them enough time to complete tasks is a step in the right direction.

Contact an organization like Can Do Work to learn more.