Mental Illness, Intellectual Disabilities and the ADA – Webinar

Do you know whats covered as an intellectual disability under the ADA? Learn how to manage the interactive process and stay in compliance.

With the dramatic expansion of the American With Disabilities Act (ADA) by the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) and the EEOCs ADAAA regulations and December 2016 guidance, ADA charges and lawsuits have skyrocketed. A great many of the burgeoning claims concern matters formerly called mental disabilities and which are now called intellectual disabilities. In FY 2016, the EEOC resolved approximately 5,000 charges based on mental health conditions and obtained 20 million for individuals allegedly denied employment or reasonable accommodations. Employers were hit with many more millions in damages in ADA Court litigations.

Receive the tools to assess if an individual has a covered intellectual disability, and if so, how an employer should determine if the individual is qualified. You will be able to successfully navigate the maze posed by the interactive process and determine if a reasonable accommodation exists or whether the employer is confronted by an undue hardship or direct threat.

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to identify intellectual (mental) disabilities under the ADA.
  • You will be able to describe key issues concerning bipolar, major depressive, posttraumatic stress, anxiety and stress and autism disorders.
  • You will be able to discuss how to properly manage the interactive process.
  • You will be able to review direct threat defense and safety concerns.
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