ERIC Number: ED233185
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jun-17
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Accommodations Provided to Handicapped Employees by Federal Contractors. Final Report. Volume II: Ten Case Studies.
Berkeley Planning Associates, CA.
A series of 10 case studies was conducted as part of a 20-month nationwide study of the accommodations provided to handicapped employees by federal contractors. During the course of the project, case study visits were made to the following firms: the Dow Chemical Company; E. I. DuPont de Nemours and Company; Hewlett-Packard; IBM Corporation; Lockheed Missiles and Space Company; Merck, Sharp, and Dohme; the Raytheon Company; the Storage Technology Corporation; Tektronix, Inc.; and the Union Carbide Corporation. The site visits, which lasted from 1 to 2 days, involved interviews with various types of individuals, including top administrators, handicapped employees, managers of handicapped employees, employment recruiters or interviewers, and individuals in outside agencies who send referrals to the firm or who handle accommodation issues. Because these companies are large, they all have at least one individual responsible for equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. In most cases, procedures for handling accommodation appear to be informal and decisions concerning accommodation are made on a flexible basis. Found to be especially successful were accommodation practices involving technological advancements that open job possibilities for some handicapped workers, special procedures for finding and interviewing qualified handicapped applicants, and training company staff in the areas of company policy and disability awareness. (MN)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Administration, Affirmative Action, Case Studies, Disabilities, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Interviews, Employment Practices, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Industrial Structure, Industry, National Surveys, Personnel Management, Staff Development, Work Environment
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment Standards Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Berkeley Planning Associates, CA.