Cerebral Palsy and the Workplace

Because day-to-day activities such as talking or walking can become more challenging as adults with CP age, there may be difficulties in the workplace.  Workplace performance can be impacted by these difficulties.

Individuals with mental or physical impairment(s) are entitled to equal opportunities and independence.  This means that people with CP cannot be discriminated against in job interviews, school applications, or in the workplace for their condition.

Employers are required to provide “reasonable accommodations” for employees with disabilities.  The accommodations include:

  • Assistive technology or programs
  • Adjusted work schedules
  • Frequent rest periods
  • Working within a close proximity to restrooms, office machines, parking lots, etc
  • Use of a service dog
  • Use of a personal care attendant
  • Telephone assistive devices
  • Writing or typing aids/grips

Adults with Cerebral Palsy can pursue their dreams and aspirations without any limitations provided they understand their rights.

Author: bforberg

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