Pre-Conference Workshop: Difficult Accommodations: Responding to denial, defensiveness, and personality disorders

Accommodating an employee with a disability can become difficult when the employee’s disability affects the employee’s judgment, perceptions, and ability to cooperate. Unfortunately, mental health disabilities, including mood disorders, can often affect precisely those faculties that they require to participate in the accommodation process. Accommodating neurodivergent employees can also prove difficult to employer and union representatives unaccustomed to the differences in communication and social behaviour characteristic of autism spectrum disorders.