The Job Accommodation Network categorizes learning disabilities where language, whether written or spoken is not readily understood (e.g., Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia). It also includes associated conditions of learning disabilities that impact information processing such as auditory, visual, non-verbal and executive function (e.g., Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder).

 

While having a learning disability is a lifelong challenge, adults can be successful in the workforce when they receive the right support and accommodations. The following resources increase awareness of employment support for both businesses and employees with learning disability.

Resources to Support Learning Disability in the Workplace

  • Reasonable Accommodation: The Job Accommodation Network’s (JAN) Accommodation and Compliance series on Learning Disability provides a general overview plus guidance on how to accommodate an employee with a learning disability. Search JAN’s A to Z of Disabilities and Accommodations to find accommodation ideas for specific learning disabilities and associated disorders.
  • Assistive Technology: There is a wide range of assistive technology (AT) to help employees with learning disabilities succeed in the workplace. These can include tools as basic as a pen and notepad to mobile and computer applications and electronic devices. Assistive Technology at Work outlines:
    • employers' and employees' responsibilities related to AT
    • identifying appropriate AT
    • exploring various types of solutions in the workplace

    The Tools for Life AppFinder database Is a unique tool that will allow individuals to search for apps by disability or multiple disabilities and by functional need.

  • Disability Disclosure: Through this two-page brief, Disclosing Your Learning Disability, Learning Disabilities Association of America provides guidance on knowing when and how, along with effective ways to disclose a disability. The resource on Self-Advocacy in the Workplace: Requesting Job Accommodations provides information on how to request a reasonable accommodation including finding and researching accommodation options.
  • Resources for Business/Employer: The What Employers Should Know About Learning Disabilities fact sheet provides information for employers to support and accommodate potential job candidates and employees. The Pre- and Post-Job Offer Questions: Guidance for Employers and Human Resource Personnel offers a sample of questions that employers and human resources personnel can ask during the job offer phase of employment. Specifically, this refers to disability-related questions as well as requirements for medical examinations.