ALA Unit/Subunit: LLAMA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
The subject of invisible disabilities is becoming more prevalent in the workplace. Invisible disabilities (as defined by the Invisible Disabilities Association) refers to symptoms such as “debilitating pain, fatigue, dizziness, cognitive dysfunctions, brain injuries, learning differences and mental health disorders, as well as hearing and vision impairments”. There are times when employees are hesitant to disclose their invisible disability to their employer or coworkers, which means that accommodations for disabilities may not be requested or made. Accommodations made in the workplace for invisible disabilities can include flexible schedule, special software for assisting with scheduling or prioritizing tasks, or architectural changes such as a standing desk. It is important to note however, that each accommodation is different and there is no blanket rule on how to deal with accommodations. This program investigates invisible disabilities in the workplace, possible coworker perceptions and barriers to requesting accommodations.