One important topic in this debate is whether the cost of workplace accommodations required under Title I overly burdens employers, ultimately decreasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities (Blanck, Schur, Kruse, Schwochau & Song, 2003). Cost and Effectiveness of Accommodations in the Workplace: Preliminary Results of a Nationwide Study The economic implications of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have been the subject of debate during the past decade.
MIT is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and to providing effective and reasonable accommodations to employees with documented disabilities.
These benefits were obtained with little investment.
The employers in the study reported that a high percentage (59%) of accommodations cost absolutely nothing to make, while the rest typically cost only 0.
This increased attention has some employers concerned about the costs of providing job accommodations.
However, a study conducted by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a service of the U. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), shows that workplace accommodations not only are low cost, but also positively impact the workplace in many ways. JAN, in partnership with the University of Iowa’s Law, Health Policy, and Disability Center (LHPDC), interviewed 1,182 employers between January 2004 and December 2006.