Failure to listen to instructions, inability to organize oneself and work tasks, fidgeting with hands and feet, talking too much, inability to stay on task, leaving projects, chores and work tasks unfinished, and having trouble paying attention to and responding to details are the primary symptoms of AD/HD.Although individuals may have both inattention and hyperactivity symptoms, many individuals predominantly display one symptom more than another.Employers are encouraged to contact JAN to discuss specific situations in more detail.
Concentration: Individuals with AD/HD may experience decreased concentration, which can be attributed to auditory distractions (that can be heard) and/or visual distractions (that can be seen).
People with AD/HD report distractions such as office traffic and employee chatter, opening and closing of elevator doors, and common office noises such as fax tones and photocopying.
Universities are providing extra time on tests, quiet exam rooms, in-class note-takers, and other assistance to college students with modest learning disabilities. This paper, “Accommodating College Students with Learning Disabilities: ADD, ADHD, and Dyslexia,” by Melana Zyla Vickers, examines the nature of this assistance and discusses the policy questions it raises.
This research report is based on interviews with on-campus experts in learning disabilities, professors who deal with learning-disabled students, and students themselves.
It incorporates statistics showing the rise in accommodations for college students’ mild learning disabilities.
The paper is not about severe disabilities such as autism, brain injuries, or visual or hearing impairment.
ADHD is more common in males than females, and females with ADHD are more likely to have problems primarily with inattention.
Other conditions, such as learning disabilities, anxiety disorder, conduct disorder, depression, and substance abuse, are common in people with ADHD. While there is no cure for ADHD, currently available treatments can help reduce symptoms and improve functioning. For more information about how to determine whether a person has a disability under the ADA, visit JAN.org/corner/vol05iss04
The Accommodation and Compliance Series is a starting point in the accommodation process and may not address every situation.
Accommodations should be made on a case by case basis, considering each employee’s individual limitations and accommodation needs.
The rise in accommodation by universities has been fueled by changing diagnoses of learning disabilities and by federal laws.