Are disabled employees being reassessed after their initial assessment so that their accommodations continue to provide the greatest impact?

by Tillman, Carla Y., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2012, 104 pages; 3527703


Past research has established that if employers make reasonable accommodations for disabled employees, the effort would have an impact on the employee's ability to perform at work. Many studies determined how to best initially accommodate disabled employees with special needs; however, it was still unclear if employers reassessed their employee's accommodations, as an employee's needs may change over time. This descriptive, quantitative study sought to answer the research question, "Once proper accommodations are provided initially, what percentage of employees with an initial assessment to receive an accommodation have been reassessed?" Study participants were included based on the criteria that they were employed, identified as disabled or injured, and had been accommodated or had an accommodation recommended for them, with the assumption that an initial assessment had been performed. An invitation to participate in the online survey was sent out to 42 individuals, resulting in 16 completing the survey. The survey instrument gathered information regarding reassessments, disabilities, accommodations, assessment processes, and demographics. Analysis revealed participants represented a wide range of age, educational background, employment, racial makeup, and disability characteristics. A chi-square test revealed a statistically significant outcome. Of the 16 surveyed, 100% of the study participants indicated they had never been reassessed. In addition, some employees indicated that their disabilities had deteriorated; however the initial accommodation remained in place.

AdviserRichard Livingood
Source TypeDissertation
Publication Number3527703

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