Tax breaks for workplace modifications can benefit employees with disabilities and employers.
Want to encourage local businesses and employers to make their properties more accessible? Try luring them with a tax break.
Employers and business owners have two very good reasons for making their sites accessible to people with disabilities: It’s the law under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and there’s money to help them.
Small business tax credit: disabled access credit
Chad McCruden, 36, of Owing Mills, Md., has Friedreich’s ataxia. He was laid off in May 2009 from his job as a work incentive specialist at an independent living center.
McCruden applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in June, was approved late in October and received his first check in December (plus five months’ worth of retroactive benefits).
Make your workspace work for you
This special package of articles is chock-full of ideas on customizing your workspace for function and efficiency.
How assistive technology saved my career
Using the keyboard and mouse were becoming increasingly difficult for me. For a writer, that can spell the end of a career. But does it have to?
Employers must consider adapting or providing alternatives for work-related items they would usually provide for all employees such as desks, chairs, computers and telephones, says Linda Batiste, principal consultant for the Job Accommodation Network (JAN).
Opening the door to function and efficiency
Making a workspace accessible means different things to different people, from someone with back pain who needs ergonomically designed desks and chairs, to someone with carpal tunnel syndrome who needs voice-recognition software for operating a computer, to someone in a wheelchair with limited arm mobility who needs adaptive equipment to access the entire workspace and perform a job.
See below for a slideshow of innovative office products that will help you customize your workspace into a more efficient and functional environment. At any point, you can pause on a slide that interests you. For more information regarding that product, simply enter the key words on the screen into your Web browser’s search field. This should bring up one or more good links for that particular...