Approximately 54 million people in the United States have a disability. Of those, roughly 21% were actively employed in 2022. Accessibility options are important for helping these individuals work.
Employers can help disabled people overcome barriers and do their best by making changes and offering support. These accessibility options include making physical changes, using special technologies, and having fair rules.
Making physical changes is important to create a place where everyone can get around easily. This can include adding:
- Wider doorways
- Larger workspaces
- Adjustable desks
- Ergonomic chairs
Accessibility technologies can also make a big difference for disabled workers. Examples of these may include:
- Screen readers
- Speech recognition software
- Braille displays
- Special keyboards
- Visual alerts
- Video communication services
- Text-to-speech typing
- Voice controls
Flexible work arrangements and fair rules also make it easier for disabled people to work. Some jobs can be done from home, which means disabled employees don’t have to worry about transportation or getting around. Having flexible hours means they can go to medical appointments or get treatment.
Following the law is another important part of accessibility. Employers must follow local laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These laws make sure disabled workers are treated fairly and get the help they need.
Can’t Work Anymore Due to Disability?
If you are unable to work due to a physical or mental disability, help is available. You may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
The disability lawyers at the Antonowicz Group can help determine if you qualify for Social Security disability benefits. We will assist with filing your claim and provide legal support throughout your case. Reach out online or call the Antonowicz Group today to schedule your free consultation.