ERIC Number: ED415611
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Employing and Accommodating Workers with Psychiatric Disabilities. Implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act Series.
Mancuso, Laura L.
This brief paper summarizes requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 related to employing and accommodating workers with psychiatric disabilities. The following topics are addressed: (1) what is meant by a psychiatric disability under the ADA, its severity, and its effect on the employment of the individual; (2) popular misconceptions about people with psychiatric disabilities, including: such disabilities are uncommon; mental illness is the same as mental retardation; likely to be violent; there is no hope of recovery; and people with psychiatric disabilities can't tolerate job stress; (3) legal limitations on determining if a worker has a psychiatric disability; (4) how psychiatric disabilities may affect an individual's work performance; and (5) examples of accommodations for workers with psychiatric disabilities (such as clearly delineated performance expectations and schedules that incorporate flex-time). A listing of 12 sources of additional information is provided. (DB)
Descriptors: Adults, Civil Rights Legislation, Compliance (Legal), Disability Discrimination, Employment Qualifications, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Equal Protection, Federal Legislation, Job Performance, Legal Responsibility, Mental Disorders, Severity (of Disability)
ILR Program on Employment and Disability, ILR Extension Building, Room 102, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-3901; telephone: 607-255-7727; TTY: 607-255-2891; fax: 607-255-2763.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC. Early Education Program for Children with Disabilities.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell Univ.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990