Potential Accommodations on the Job

line rule

What Accommodations Work on the Job?

For employees with psychiatric disabilities, reasonable accommodations might include adaptations in the way work is assigned and scheduled, the use of auxiliary equipment and support staff, and modifications to the physical workspace. You will need to negotiate, select, and arrange whatever accommodations you need by working closely with your supervisor and the human resources department. Here are some possible aids and services you may consider:



Restructuring jobs 

Having minor job duties eliminated -- for example, assigning "fill-in" duties to another employee -- frees you to focus on your primary responsibilities

  Flexible scheduling 

Changing the start or end of the workday to accommodate side effects of medication, working part-time, taking more frequent breaks, taking time off for therapy appointments


Flexible leave 

Being able to use sick leave for mental health reasons or take an extended leave without pay due to hospitalization



Specialized equipment & assistive devices 

Receiving daily instructions via e-mail instead of verbally



Modifying work sites 

Installing wall partitions around workstation to minimize distractions



Providing a job coach or mentor 

Helps in arranging interviews, completing job applications, and providing support and training on the job



Changes in training 

Allowing extra time to learn job tasks


line rule

1997,1998 Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University

Bipolar World   1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Owners:  Allie Bloom, David Schafer, M.Ed. (Blackdog)

Partners:  John Haeckel, Judith (Duff)
Founder:  Colleen Sullivan
Email Us at Bipolar World

About Us  Add a Link  Advance Directives  Alternative Treatments  Ask the Doctor   Ask Dr. Plyler about Bipolar Disorder   Ask The Doctor/Topic Archives  Awards  Benny the Bipolar Puppy  Bipolar Chat  Bipolar Children  Bipolar Disorder News  Bipolar Help Contract  Bipolar World Forums  Book Reviews  Bookstore  BP & Other mental Illness   Clinical Research Trials & FDA Drug Approval   Community Support   Contact Us  The Continuum of Mania and Depression   Coping   Criteria    Criteria and Diagnosis  Criteria-World Health Disabilities,  DSMV-IV   Dual Diagnosis  eGroups  Expressions (Poetry, Inspiration, Humor, Art Gallery, Memorials  Family Members   Getting Help for a Loved One who Refuses Treatment  Greeting Cards  History of Mental Illness  Indigo  Job and School  Links    Medications   Medication and Weight Gain    News of the Day  Parent Chat  Pay for Meds  Personal Stories  Self Help  Self Injury  Significant Others  Stigma and Mental Health Law  Storm's Column  Suicide!!!  The Suicide Wall  Table of Contents  Treatments  Treatment Compliance  US Disability  Veteran's Chat  What's New?