Working at Home with a Disability

Sometimes working at home isn't so much a matter of choice as it is of necessity. Some people have disabilities that make it very difficult to work outside the home every day.

Some companies have made accommodations for their disabled employees as a way of dealing with ADA requirements. It can be considered a reasonable accommodation. However, just because a disabled employee wants to work at home, an employer does not have to make that accommodation if a different accommodation would make sense.

The decision to allow telecommuting is one that has to be considered by employer and employee. As an employee, you must inform your employer if you have a condition which requires an accommodation. The possible accommodations must be discussed.

If you feel you need to work at home due to a disability, you need to be able to justify it. You need to explain why it is difficult to work in the office and how you could do your duties at home. You would need to consider if any of your duties could not be done from home. You need to consider if you need to work 100% from home or if some days you could go into the office.

Just as I’ve described for proposing telecommuting for other reasons, you need to go into detail about your job duties and how you could do them at home. In the case of a disability, some accommodations may need to be made in terms of job duties that cannot be performed at home. Sometimes that means working part of the time in the office, but it can also mean trading for duties that could be done at home.

Sometimes a disability won’t mean a regular work at home schedule. It might mean half days at the office, half at home, working at home because you’re having a bad day with your disability but not on other days, or working at home for a few months while recovering, but not regularly.

One of the things that it is important to remember is that just because you, as an employee prefer the idea of working at home, it doesn’t mean that you will get your preference. The employer does still have some say in the matter, and if they can do what it takes to allow you to work in the office, you have to work in the office.

Having a disability, whether temporary or permanent, is challenging. These days people with disabilities are fortunate in that it does not mean they cannot work at all in many cases. It changes the kind of work you can do, but some kind of work may still be possible. The internet has opened up possibilities that weren’t there before. This is perhaps one of the most amazing changes created by the internet.

 

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