The Accommodating Workplace: Making Room for Sensory Disabled Employees

  • Fred S. Rice (Indiana State University)
  • Shoji Nakamura (Indiana State University)
  • David P. Heiser (Indiana State University)


Imagine three applicants for a new position in your organization. You are the Human Resource Development manager and an influential member of a staffing team currently charged with finding an operator for a newly created position. All of the applicants meet the minimum expectations identified for the job but one individual simply stands out. Carol (fictitious) graduated from an elite university. Her work and educational history provide an example of continuous occupational and personal growth. To help validate your impressions, Carol’s references tell of how she has performed beyond expectations, exhibits a fantastic attitude, demonstrates leadership in the work setting, and is respected and admired by her co-workers. You invite Carol for an interview and discover that she has a vision impairment that may affect her ability to perform the job without some sort of accommodations. You have read some of the literature on hiring disabled persons but do not know enough about the subject to make an informed decision in this matter. What is your next step?

Keywords: human relations|internet|legal issues|management

How to Cite:

Rice, F. S., Nakamura, S. & Heiser, D. P., (2003) “The Accommodating Workplace: Making Room for Sensory Disabled Employees”, Journal of Industrial Technology 20(1).

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Published on
31 Oct 2003