Does accommodation for ADHD follow into the workplace?
I have been diagnosed with ADHD inattentive type since graduate school in 2006. I have since received my degree and practicing in the workplace with varying levels of success. In school, I needed and received accommodation when the tasks/subject matter was particularly intense or when a project was nearing completion. It seemed like all of the details and conclusions were sliding out of my brain.
The workplace is no different and often the stakes are much higher. I have watched with appreciation the parents and advocates for ADHD utilized the ADA acts to the advantage for scholastic purposes. I wonder though, what will that do for them when they are in their dream job? I am NOT suggesting that accommodations shouldn’t be used, but rather what is a realistic strategy for them and those of us that find ourselves struggling in the workplace?
There needs to be a greater focus on translating these educational plans into actionable workplace transitions. I have attempted to receive accommodation from my employer. It is a large company with many resources. The accommodation team lead was very helpful, but my supervisor and some of HR found ways to bypass the accommodation laws by focusing on my performance. Never-mind that ADHD effect IS performance. But there are whole websites dedicated to instructing companies on how to circumvent the ADA if they can prove that is is about production and that it effects the bottom line.
There is much more I could say about that experience but it is intended to make a point…
While I am incredibly grateful for my accommodation I received in my various school pursuits, and excited for those families that have an IEP with large support for graduation of these children/young adults, what happens when their employer is not invested?
I believe that this calls for a much greater and thorough conversation than can be held here, but it needs to start somewhere, preferably before more of our rising generation graduates and finds more difficulty than what they have encountered before.
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