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Disability and the Workplace

Ergonomics Consultants at L&I provide prevention-oriented assistance to employers. Occupational and physical therapists provide job modification assistance in the event of an industrial injury.

When workers have limitations that are not part of a workers' compensation claim (for example, personal automobile accident) and these limitations are affecting job performance, the Job Accommodation Network and the Americans with Disabilities Act resources can provide valuable assistance.

Note: The information on this page is intended as guidance and does not establish or recommend policy.

Job modifications

If you are seeking assistance to modify a job when a disabling condition is due to a work-related injury, please see the L&I FAQ on job modifications (F245-057-000).

For ideas on job modifications, see these resources:

Disability resources

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)

Agriculture

  • National AgrAbility Project (www.agrabilityproject.org): Assists farmers, ranchers and farm workers with disabilities. Includes tip sheets and assistive technology resources.

Anthropometrics

Assistive technology

Blind and visually impaired

Deaf and hearing impaired

Disability employment

  • Disability Resource Center (www.drc.dot.gov): Roles, rights and responsibilities in the field of disability employment policy. Resource library includes information about ergonomics.

General disability information

  • Disabilitygov (twitter.com): Links to information from a variety of sources posted on Twitter.

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