Program Showcase: Mobile Accommodation Solution

DMEC Staff@Work

Accommodation: There’s an App for That!

Mobile Accommodation AppA Mobile Accommodation Solution (MAS) application, developed by the Center for Disability Inclusion (CDI) in partnership with IBM and the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), will be released for iOS by the end of 2017 and for Android in the first quarter of 2018.

Other proprietary, enterprise-level accommodation case management and tracking software programs exist, but this will be the only mobile accommodation case management application available for broader use by professionals. The application has also been designed to be accessible and interoperable with technologies for people with disabilities. It will work on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

While many leave management functions can be performed from the office, accommodation, perhaps more than any other function, requires “boots on the ground” in the work environment of the employee being supported. In addition, accommodation requests sometimes pop up unannounced, unscheduled, and outside the leave manager’s office. Documentation of the interactive accommodation process is very important for the employer and the individual to manage and track the process, and defend against complaints. For all these reasons and more, a mobile app like the MAS is needed to facilitate and document all the details that a leave manager may encounter at a moment’s notice.

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