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Cost of Accommodations

A study conducted by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a service of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), shows that workplace accommodations not only are low cost but also positively impact the workplace in many ways. In partnership with the University of Iowa and West Virginia University, the JAN study has been on-going since 2004.

The study results consistently show that the benefits employers receive from making workplace accommodations far outweigh the cost. The employers in the study reported that a high percentage (59 percent) of accommodations cost absolutely nothing to make, while the rest typically cost less than $500.

(Note: According to JAN, this typical cost figure of $500 is for accommodations for workers with all types of disabilities or limitations, not just those who are blind or visually impaired.)

Employer-Reported Benefits of Accommodating Workers with Disabilities

The following data gives the percentage of employers who reported experiencing direct and indirect benefits as a result of having made an accommodation.

Direct Benefits

  • Retained a valued employee—89%
  • Increased the employee's productivity—71%
  • Eliminated costs associated with training a new employee—60%
  • Increased the employee's attendance—53%
  • Increased diversity of the company—43%
  • Saved workers' compensation or other insurance costs—39%
  • Hired a qualified person with a disability—13%
  • Promoted an employee—10%

Indirect Benefits

  • Improved interactions with coworkers—68%
  • Increased overall company morale—63%
  • Increased overall company productivity—59%
  • Improved interactions with customers—47%
  • Increased workplace safety—45%
  • Increased overall company attendance—39%
  • Increased profitability—32%
  • Increased customer base—18%

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