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How to Get Accommodations on the Job

The following is a special needs program update from College Living Experience | CLE | Choose Your Future. You may also click here to read the original article on the program’s website.

Job accommodations - Bobby working at the science museumIf you choose to disclose your disability in the workplace, there are no requirements about how much you share or whom you share this information with. Don’t be overwhelmed by all staff knowing your personal information, think of this as a decision that can be made on a “need to know” basis. One of the largest benefits of disclosure is giving you, the employee, a chance to have an honest discussion surrounding what will make you the most successful on the job. An individual in the Human Resources department can frequently be of best assistance in helping you to communicate with your direct supervisor.

Disclosure of your disability does mean you are in a protected class and that you have certain entitlements, including reasonable accommodations. What this means may look different in each job, but accommodations can help you to thrive in your role and you will want to carefully consider discussing the ability to have these in place. The biggest piece is having self-determination and being proactive in sharing more about your learning style.

Think accommodations sound like a lot to organize or ask for? They really can be quite simple and it just takes some thought about how you may work best.

Here are 5 quick accommodations to request of an employer if you have memory or recall challenges:

  • workplace remindersProvide instructions on/for key tasks you need to complete
  • Give visual cues or handouts from trainings
  • Provide highlighters or post it notes so you may identify key concepts to remember
  • Purchase a wall calendar or bulletin board that documents important reminders and due dates
  • Ask for regular check-ins with your supervisor to review expectations, ask questions and receive reminders of important information

Need more ideas on accommodations and how to find some that may suit your learning needs? Visit the Job Accommodation Network.

CLE’s career development services help all student prepare for employment. Learn more about the types of jobs our students have and how we are supporting them here.

Newsletter Articles – October 2014

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You may remember in the July Newsletter, Celebrating Great Outcomes, we released our 2013-2014 student academic accomplishments. We have been overwhelmed by the response from our readers celebrating these remarkable successes with us. Thank you for taking the time to pass along your kudos!

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October is National Disability Employment Month which aims to increase our awareness of individuals with disabilities in the workforce. Obtaining and keeping a job is tough for most of society and can be even more challenging for someone with a disability.

Put your disability awareness knowledge to the test. How much do you know about reasonable accommodations, celebrities with disabilities, and a variety of other disability factoids?


I would like to introduce you to Ryan Rucci. Ryan has been a student at CLE Austin since August of 2009, when he first began his post-secondary education at Austin Community College. This December, Ryan expects to graduate from Texas State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management with a focus in Human Resources. As he prepares to search for his first full-time job in Human Resources, Ryan reflects back on some of his past employment experiences and the goals that he has for himself in the future.

letter to employer

As of 2012, “Autism Speaks has found that 9 out of 10” individuals with autism “are either are unemployed or underemployed, regardless of their IQ or education level (Autism Speaks, 2014). There are a lot of different reasons for this very concerning phenomenon. As an individual with autism searching for work, I feel that one reason could be due to what I call “soft discrimination.” I worry that when I disclose my diagnosis to a potential employer, I become a liability or a less attractive candidate. I also feel that, as a person with autism, I take pains to understand where my employer is coming from relative to me. Below I have written an “open letter” to employers to share my perspective and perhaps aid in better understanding each other.


There are many benefits when it comes to volunteering that extend well beyond the altruistic nature of the act. College Living Experience (CLE) believes in paying it forward, encouraging all of its participants to get plugged into their communities. Here are five global benefits of volunteering that make the experience meaningful not only for the individual, but also for the community that they call home.

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