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Job Accommodation & Ergonomics

We are accommodation experts, with almost 20 years experience accommodating employees (and students) with sensory, mobility, learning, cognitive, and psychiatric disabilities.

 

What is accommodation?

Accommodation is the art and science of treating people differently as a means to treat them equally. Employment accommodation is the process of tailoring work to meet the needs of an individual. It is an ongoing process of identifying and removing — or minimizing — the adverse effects of barriers in the work environment and in the methods of doing work. These barriers prevent a qualified person with a disability from achieving the expected outcomes of the job.


Our experience

We have successfully planned and implemented accommodations for hundreds of people, including call centre employees, IT professionals, lawyers, scientists, warehouse employees, professors, and university students. We have also accommodated people who have temporary disabilities due to injury.

Alan Cantor facilitates workshops on employment accommodation and ergonomics across Canada and the USA. During the past decade, he has taught the introductory course six times at the annual RESNA conference. He has also led seminars for members of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada, rehabilitation faculty and students at the University of Toronto and the University of North Carolina, members of the Human Resources Professional Association, and many other organizations.


Our approach

We promote the "ADAPTABLE" approach. ADAPTABLE is a systematic, creative and practical method that enhances the employee's productivity, comfort, and occupational health and safety while respecting his or her privacy, autonomy and dignity.

"Adaptable Chests" is an acronym for fifteen different accommodation strategies:

Assistive technologies
Devilishly clever contraptions
Alternative formats
Personal support
Transportation services
Adapted furniture
Building modifications
Low-tech devices
Environmental adaptations

Customized software
Human resource strategies
Employment policy changes
Spatial reorganization
Training and retraining
Seating strategies




Key to the success of the approach is that the employee is centrally involved. We develop, in collaboration with the employee, a comprehensive plan that makes sense to the employee; implement the plan; and support the employee during all stages of the accommodation process.

The ADAPTABLE approach is described in several articles. See these articles about employment accommodation.


Sample reports

Please write for a sample report. Reports for employees and university students with a variety of disabilities are available on request.