Q: What if our positions have specific qualifications to complete the essential functions of the job and a candidate with a disability is unable to meet any/some of these qualifications?
A: People with disabilities are only qualified if they meet the same requirements as all other candidates. If the disability impacts their ability to do the essential functions of the job, and they will need an accommodation to perform, then they will go through the interactive process with your company to determine what accommodations are reasonable. Examples of specific qualifications include: driving, accessing areas like manufacturing lines, clean rooms, over conveyors, operating power industrial equipment, working flexible shifts, working in stressful positions, lifting, focusing, maintaining productivity standards, maintaining quality standards, attendance, absenteeism, working in small areas, working in wide open areas, sitting all day, standing all day, wearing specific articles of clothing/uniforms, carrying heavy/awkward equipment, and customer service. In some cases, the interactive process may result in a different, yet acceptable, way of performing a job. Examples of these outcomes include sitting on a stool instead of standing, or standing at a desk instead of sitting.