Ask the Expert - ADHD in the Workplace: Finding Success

Wed, Apr 9, 2014 3:00 PM EDT 

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.

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.

Job accommodations can be vital for successful employment for adults affected by ADHD. Melanie Whetzel of the Job Accommodation Network will provide information on the most common limitations associated with ADHD, 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.

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Senior Consultant and Cognitive/Neurological Team Melanie  Whetzel  joined the JAN staff as a consultant on the  Cognitive/Neurological Team in February 2008. She has a fourteen year history of teaching and advocating for students with disabilities in the public school system.

Ms. Whetzel holds a Master of Arts degree in Special Education, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and most recently completed a graduate certification in Career Planning and Placement for Youth in Transition.

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.

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