Workplace Issues

An employer and employee having a discussionDisclosure in the workplace is a question many adults with LD ask. How can you self advocate in the workplace? Are there centers that can help find employment or provide training? What about accommodations if they are needed? These and many other issues will be explored in this area.
 
 
 
 
 

Screening Adults for Learning Disabilities

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Download Screening Adults for Learning Disabilities What is learning disability (LD) screening? Screening is the first step in the process of gathering relevant information about an individual with a suspected learning disability. Screening does not determine whether or not the person has a learning disability. It may include observations, informal interviews, the use of a written tool, and/or a review of medical, school, or work histories. How is LD screening different from LD diagnosis? An LD diagnosis is a formal assessment that determines the actual presence of a learning disability. LD screening is an informal process that shows whether there… Read More »

Resources for Job Seekers

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What resources are available? Due to the national focus of LDA, the resources listed are nationally-based resources. This is not a complete list of resources, but should be a good place to start. Topics covered are internet-accessible job search, Federal employment, workplace accommodations, and other resources to assist people with disabilities who are seeking employment. Included are links to the Office of Disability Employment Policy, Job Hunt, US Office of Personnel Management, Job Accommodation Network (JAN), Pathways to Employment, Getting Hired, Rehabilitation Services Administration, ABILITY Jobs and Jobs Access, US Business Leadership Network, Pathways to Employment, and American Association for… Read More »

Job Accommodation Ideas for People with Learning Disabilities

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The term “reasonable accommodations” refers to changes in the workplace that enable people with disabilities to effectively perform the tasks associated with their job. Accommodations can help people with learning disabilities do their job well, even when their disability gets in the way. Accommodations can vary and it is important to choose the right ones to fit your needs.  There are many solutions to help accommodate problems that may get in your way of success. Accommodations can include variations in: the work space and equipment needed to do the task, the communication of the work, the tasks themselves and the… Read More »

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

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What is the RSA? The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) oversees grant programs that help individuals with disabilities, including learning disabilities, to obtain employment and live more independently by providing supports like counseling, medical and psychological services, job training and other individualized services. RSA’s major Title I formula grant program provides funds to state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies to provide employment-related services for individuals with disabilities, giving priority to individuals who are the most significantly disabled. What can my local VR agency do to help me? Local VR programs help people with disabilities overcome obstacles by encouraging them to focus on… Read More »

Looking for Work in Challenging Times

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While economic conditions across the United States are improving in some regions, there are still many challenges if you are presently in the job-seeking mode. This article has three components: the skills employers are seeking in new hires, resources that are available for individuals with learning disabilities, and tips to keep a positive attitude on the over-crowded employment-seeking superhighway. What skills are employers looking for in the new hires? The evolving job market–that is jobs being created, as well as those currently available–demands a higher level of skills acquisition. Prospective employees need to be aware of the basic and advanced… Read More »

Learning Disabilities and The Law: After High School: An Overview for Students

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Do the legal rights of students with learning disabilities continue after high school? Legal rights may continue. It depends upon the facts in the individual case. Children with learning disabilities who receive services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (RA) in public elementary and secondary school may continue to have legal rights under federal laws in college programs and in employment. When students graduate from high school or reach age 21, their rights under the IDEA come to an end. The rights that may continue are those under the Rehabilitation Act and… Read More »

ADA — Who Is Covered and Who Is Not?

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When is an individual with a learning disability a person with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (RA)? The answer is that a person with a learning disability is a person with a disability when that person meets the legal standard under those laws. What is the legal standard? Generally, the standard is that the person must have an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, such as learning. The fact that a person has a learning disability does not necessarily mean that he or she has a… Read More »

Tools for Life

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Researching and locating new apps can be an overwhelming task. The Tools for Life AppFinder database helps make your app search much easier. The Tools for Life AppFinder has hundreds of apps for living, learning, working and playing. Search for apps by disability or multiple disabilities, price ranges and device types. See reviews and comments from apps users across the country to help you make informed decisions before purchasing and using an app. Get links to other app databases that were designed for specific disabilities. Every Tools for Life AppFinder app has been used and/or tested by one or more… Read More »

Self-Advocacy in the Workplace: Requesting Job Accommodations

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Self-advocacy is knowing what you want, what you do well, and what you have difficulty doing. It includes knowing your legal rights, your needs, and telling that information to the appropriate person. Effective self-advocacy empowers people and gives them access to reasonable accommodations and strategies. Following are some tips for becoming an effective self-advocate in the workplace beginning with Setting the Stage: Be productive! Bosses and co-workers are more likely to agree to accommodation requests from people who are considered productive workers. Do your personal best at all times. Market your work to your bosses and co-workers. Each organization has… Read More »

On the Job

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You’ve passed the test! Now you have a job. When that happens, the focus of your life will change. You are no longer faced with the problems of finding a job. Now you are faced with the questions 1) how can I advance in my chosen career and 2) how can I prevent or minimize problems in the workplace which might cost me the job I worked so hard to get? These are issues for every person in the workforce and every individual with disabilities, but they are particularly challenging for an individual with attention deficit disorder or a specific… Read More »

Learning Disabilities in the Workplace

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Learning disabilities may make it difficult for an individual to learn, work, or behave in the manner that ordinarily would be expected. A learning disability is an impairment of neurological origin that impacts on specific areas of learning. The following are major types of learning disabilities: A sequencing disorder is a difficulty with the order of a series of things. It may lead to problems with prioritizing, organizing, doing mathematics and following instructions. Language disorders are difficulties with receptive language (understanding and remembering) or with expressive language (oral or in writing). Visual perceptual and visual motor disorders are difficulties with… Read More »

Five Misconceptions About Job Advancement

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The basics of job advancement are similar for all people, but people with learning disabilities must particularly ensure that they assess their strengths, develop credibility, and take advantage of available leadership opportunities. Five misconceptions about job advancement can impede the process of getting promotions and advancing in careers for many people with learning disabilities. Misconception #1: I don’t deserve a raise or to be promoted. People with learning disabilities must overcome many challenges, including discrimination in the hiring process, requesting and receiving job accommodations, and negative thoughts and feelings that can lead to avoiding anything to change their situation, even… Read More »

Workforce Centers: One-Stop Services

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What are Workforce Centers? Workforce Centers provide basic employment, training, literacy and rehabilitation services. They are found in every state. In addition to basic services, they also provide access to other intensive and training services. If you are an adult with a learning disability who needs help finding a job, your local workforce center may be able to help you. What are the basic services? Outreach, intake, and orientation to services; Initial testing of skill levels, aptitudes, abilities, and support services; Job search and placement assistance with career counseling (if needed); General employment information and local/statewide labor market data; Program… Read More »