The development of an ACED toolkit is at the heart of this project. The toolkit, when completed, will contain a number of tools that provide guidance to workers with episodic disabilities, as well as their employers, managers, supervisors, disability managers and human resources personnel.
The toolkit will be easy to access, personalized, interactive and evidence-based. It will include tools that address two main workplace challenges:
- communication decision-making: personalized decision tools on whether and how to communicate needs in the workplace, conversation templates, and skills training and coaching workshops; and
- job demands and accommodation planning needs: an interactive job analysis tool with accommodation examples, and a module on monitoring changes in needs over time.
Coming first: JDAPT, the Job Demands and Accommodation Planning Tool
Work on the first of the tools to be included in the ACED toolkit is well underway. For example, the contents of a tool we are currently referring to as "JDAPT" (which stands for Job Demands and Accommodation Planning Tool) is currently being tested with potential users: one version for workers with episodic disabilities, and another version for supervisors, human resources practitioners, disability case managers, worker representatives and other parties who support people with disabilities in the workplace.
These tool versions ask people to think about the demands of a job and how they relate to episodic health conditions in four key areas:
- the physical tasks required to do the job (called “physical demands")
- the mental or “thinking” tasks required to do the job (called “cognitive demands”)
- the tasks related to working with others that are required to do the job (called “social demands”), and
- the tasks related to working conditions required to do the job (called “environmental and organizational demands”).
Understanding these job demands can help identify the parts of a job that may become difficult (or may already be difficult) because of the episodic health condition. As such, it can help workers with episodic disabilities and the workplace parties who support them understand if supports or changes may be needed at work and, if so, what kind of support or changes would help those with episodic disabilities work comfortably, safely and productively.
Want to get involved or keep up?
If you are interested in helping test the JDAPT, learn more here.
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