Identifying and providing work experiences for students with mental health impairments opens up lots of questions:
- Are mental health impairments considered disabilities under the ADA?
- Can and will employers provide workplace accommodations?
- Should students disclose their conditions to their employers? What’s appropriate?
Mental health can and should be regarded in the same way as physical health by employers and colleagues. One of the ways we can ensure this happens is by educating ourselves on mental health and empowering our students to be self-advocates.
The federal Job Accommodation Network’s (JAN’s) Accommodation and Compliance Series is designed to help employers determine effective accommodations and comply with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Each publication in the series addresses a specific medical condition and provides information about the condition, ADA information, accommodation ideas, and resources for additional information.