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How to put reasonable accommodation into practice – guide of promising practices

To raise awareness for the rights of EU citizens in the workplace the European Commission launched its #EUvsDiscrimination campaign in May 2019. Part of the campaign focused on reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. As a part of the campaign the Commission has released a guide of promising practices of reasonable accommodations introduced by employers from both the public and private sectors with the support of Dr. Magdi Birtha (European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research).

According to the researcher, reasonable accommodations normally include 'technical solutions, working arrangements, training measures and awareness raising measures'.  The type of solution that must be adopted obviously varies depending on the employee's needs or disability - for instance, they can go from installing ramps to re-arranging the working hours; what is crucial is that accessibility is always guaranteed. The guide also includes 6 case studies submitted by 4 different countries (Belgium, Spain, Hungary and France); what emerged is that many employers all over Europe are already engaged in the creation of an accessible and inclusive work environment for every employee, or are willing to make the necessary adjustments if needed, as 'they consider the recruitment of persons with disabilities improved the working environment and performance of their businesses'.

Click here to read the full guide.