Visible and Invisible Disability

Visible Disabilities: Assistive Programs and Services

WorkBC Assistive Technology Services

  • Assistive devices, equipment and technology
  • Ergonomic supports (e.g. ergonomic furniture, lighting systems)
  • Restorative supports (e.g. canes, crutches)
  • Attendant services related to work (e.g. assistance with mobility)
  • American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting and captioning services
  • Communication and hearing devices related to work
  • Workplace access and modification
  • Vehicle modifications

Neil Squire Society: Computer Tutoring Programs

Common workplace accommodations for individuals with invisible disabilities

Flexible Scheduling

  • Adjusting start times or end times, i.e.) to accommodate effects of medication, energy levels, or medical appointments
  • Adjusting break schedule i.e.) smaller breaks more frequently throughout the day instead of one long lunch break)

Work Station Changes

  • Changing location/modifying workplace setting, i.e.) to avoid overly bright lights and distracting noise
  • Reduce clutter and scents in shared workspaces

Communication modifications

  • Adjusting delivery methods for instructions and feedback, i.e.) requesting written communication over verbal and vice-versa
  • Scheduling brief weekly check-in meetings with supervisor

Technology

  • Installing computer software that supports reading and comprehension
  • Allowing the use of recording devices in meetings to provide playback of information discussed at meetings
  • Implementing the use of an online scheduler to keep track of project deadlines and tasks