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On the Horizon in Accommodation: ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, mild cognitive impairment, and other emerging issues

Thursday, April 30, 2020, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

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Colin Johnston



Carolyn Janusz

Union Counsel
Victory Square Law Office LLP
Jayson Rider

Employer Counsel
Crawford Chondon & Partners LLP


Although they are lifelong conditions, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are often thought of as childhood conditions. Conversely, the popular conception of individuals with age-related cognitive impairment is that they are in extreme old age and have long since retired from active employment. However, as more and more people who were diagnosed with ASD or ADHD as children enter the workforce and as Canadians increasingly work into their senior years, when mild cognitive decline and dementia are more likely to become manifest, the workplace implications of these disorders are becoming clearer. In this session, a panel of experts will provide an overview of these conditions and discuss effective strategies and best practices for accommodation.

  • Why do diagnoses such as autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder seem to be skyrocketing? Is there merit to the argument that psychiatry and psychology — and the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in particular — are medicalizing conditions and behaviours that would have been viewed as "normal" in the past?
  • What is autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? How prevalent is it in the general population and in the workforce? What is the difference, if any, between Asperger syndrome and autism? Does the removal of Asperger syndrome from the newest version of the DSM mean that people diagnosed with Asperger syndrome no longer have a valid medical diagnosis or disability that attracts the protection of human rights legislation?
  • What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Is it the same as attention deficit disorder (ADD)? Do children diagnosed with ADHD "outgrow" it by the time they enter the workforce?
  • How, if at all, does mild cognitive impairment (MCI) differ from age-related memory impairment that may be experienced by up to 40 percent of adults over the age of 65? How is MCI related to the diagnosis of mild neurocognitive disorder? Is MCI a warning sign that a worker is developing Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia that results in progressive deterioration of mental capacity?
  • Do "brain disorders" such as ASD, ADHD, and MCI present special challenges for employees seeking accommodation and for employers providing accommodation? What aspects of these conditions might render them more difficult to address within the existing framework of accommodation? How might stereotypes and stigma associated with these conditions contribute to the challenge of providing accommodation?
  • Can employers require different types of medical information from employees seeking accommodation on the basis of one of these disorders? For example, can an employer require a diagnosis? Is medical information from a general practitioner sufficient? Can a detailed neuropsychological evaluation report be required?
  • What are examples of innovative accommodations that have been implemented in cases involving these disorders? What are some common accommodations for employees with impairment of "executive function," which may be associated with these conditions?


CPHR Alberta

CPD hours for this event can be logged online, through your CPHR Alberta member profile.

HRPA Continuing Professional Development

This program has been approved for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours under Section A3 of the Recertification Log of the Human Resources Professionals Association.

HRMA Continuing Professional Development

This audio conference has been approved by the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon (CPHR BC & YK) for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours. Be sure to note the Event Identification Number in your CPHR Recertification Log.

Lancaster House CPD
  • This audio conference has been approved by the Law Society of British Columbia for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • Members of the Law Society of Saskatchewan should contact their Law Society regarding CPD approval.
  • CPD for Members of the Law Society of Ontario: 1.5 Substantive Hours; 0 Professionalism Hours.
  • This audio conference has been approved by the Law Society of New Brunswick for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • Members of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society may count this program for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.

Additional Information

Valuable, up-to-date materials and case summaries will be available for downloading from our website. Each audio conference is accompanied by a PDF of concise summaries of the cases discussed.

Live Session – $265, plus HST
Live Session for 2 or more (Boardroom fee) – $530, plus HST
Bundle Rate – Purchase a Live Session and receive the companion MP3 Recording for $165, plus HST
MP3 Recording – $265, plus HST
(Registrations must be paid in advance of the audio conference)
Contact us for discount pricing on the entire series.

Audio conference MP3 files are available for $265. Those who have purchased the live audio conference may purchase the corresponding downloadable audio MP3 file for the discounted price of $165.

The recorded MP3 file and materials are available for download one business day after the live audio conference. After purchasing, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to access and download the audio conference MP3 file and materials by visiting My Account and selecting Order History. For audio file purchases for upcoming audio conferences, once the MP3 file is available through our site, registrants will receive an update e-mail informing them that the links are now ready.

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