Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace, such as on a Placement
Reasonable Accommodations are any actions or adjustments that help alleviate a disadvantage that you experience because of your disability or learning difficulty. When you came to Trinity and met with your Disability Officer you took the first step to organising your Reasonable Accommodations for Trinity. Maybe these included Extra time in Exams or alternative accessible formats for materials or extra time with library books or a piece of software such as TextHelp for your computer. Whatever they were, they have to be organised and when you start a work experience the process is similar.
If you are starting a work experience during your time at college it is important to liaise with your Disability Officer / Occupational Therapist and your Practice Co-ordinator (if appropriate) to make sure you are best prepared and you have any reasonable accommodations that you need. This can be done through the Professional Placement Planning process. If you decide not to disclose it is still a good idea to discuss potential challenges that you think you may face.
A good first step is to ask yourself these questions:
- How can I decide if I want to disclose what ‘reasonable accommodations’ I might need to my new employers?
- How can I go about organising ‘reasonable accommodations’ with my new employers?
- Do I think there would be advantages or disadvantages and how would I like to manage the potential situations that I will be in?
Think about your experiences within Trinity, your exams, your assignments, your classes. Before you started it was difficult to know how to manage them but once you got going and had some support was it a bit easier?
Work Experiences will be similar so you must make preparations BEFORE you start!! For information, guidance and student experiences check out the booklets below: