Q&A on Job Accommodations That Can Help You

 ADHD Weekly July 26, 2018

Ask the Expert Highlight:
ADHD in the Workplace—Finding Success
Featuring Melanie Whetzel, MA, Job Accommodation Network


No matter what you do in the morning, you always seem to run late to work. Or, the project is coming together and you realize you missed a step or a goal, causing you to backtrack or even delay results of your work. Maybe the boss has given you a set of directions but there were so many it was hard to keep them all in mind.


Job accommodations can be vital for successful employment for adults affected by ADHD. For many adults affected by ADHD, the symptoms can create problems in their workplace, affecting careers and advancement. Disclosing a diagnosis, requesting appropriate accommodations and navigating day-to-day responsibilities are challenges many people regularly deal with in the workplace.


Melanie Whetzel of the Job Accommodation Network provides information on the most common limitations associated with ADHD in this Ask the Expert Highlight, followed by a question and answer discussion of the most common ways to accommodate these limitations. Workplace struggles associated with ADHD often include time management, memory, concentration, organization and prioritization, hyperactivity and impulsivity, multi-tasking, and attendance.


Senior Consultant and Cognitive/Neurological Team member Melanie Whetzel joined the JAN staff as a consultant on the Cognitive/Neurological Team in February 2008. She teaches and advocates for students with disabilities in the public school system.


As a member of the Cognitive/Neurological Team, Ms. Whetzel specializes in learning disabilities, mental health impairments, developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and brain injuries.