PENDLETON - Workplace accommodations and hiring advice also was given Wednesday by Amy Spiegel, Blue Mountain Community College coordinator of services to students with disabilities.
The word "disability" should never appear on a employment application, she said, and there are some questions employers may ask in employment interviews and some they may not, but generally a person's disability may not be considered in a hiring decision. If an employee reports a disability, then a discussion may ensue about accommodating it.
Even fluorescent lighting may be distracting to some workers, or cause them headaches, she added.
A lot of devices are available to help handicapped employees, Spiegel said, such as scanning-reading systems, and voice dictation machines. Employees who need constant reminders can refer to tape recorded messages, written lists, sticky notes or highlighted material.
More information about the ADA and how it relates to business may be obtained from the following Web sites:
Oregon Disabilities Commission:
National Business & Disability Council:
Office of Disability Employment Policy:
Small Business Administration Law Library (13-CFR-136):
The Access Board ( ADA Architectural Guidelines):
ADA Business Connection:
Job Accommodation Network: