Mental Health in Tech: Guidelines for Executives and HR Professionals
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Mental Health in Tech: Guidelines for Executives and HR Professionals

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This document was compiled by Open Sourcing Mental Illness contributors using EEOC guidelines; these contributors are not attorneys and the Open Sourcing Mental Illness materials do not constitute legal advice of any type. By using these materials, you agree to accept this disclaimer. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information shared through the Open Sourcing Mental Illness materials, however, because information is constantly evolving, Open Sourcing Mental Illness cannot be held responsible for the accuracy, errors or omissions related to the Open Sourcing Mental Illness materials. The information provided in the Open Sourcing Mental Illness materials are for educational and informational purposes only. You agree to use your own due diligence and judgment before applying any recommendation or advice that you may receive on or through the materials provided by Open Sourcing Mental Illness. Please contact your employment counsel or for more information and guidance.

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Open Sourcing Mental Illness, Ltd
Open Sourcing Mental Illness, Ltd

Open Sourcing Mental Illness is a non-profit, 501c3 corporation dedicated to raising awareness, educating, and providing resources to support mental wellness in the tech and open source communities.

OSMI began in 2013 as a speaking campaign by Ed Finkler. Ed started speaking at tech conferences about his personal experiences as a web developer and open source advocate with a mental health disorder. The response was overwhelming, and Ed has continued to speak, gather data, and organize efforts to change experiences of those with mental health disorders in the tech workplace. This includes speaking at conferences and companiesconducting research, and creating documentation to assist companies in making supportive environments for those impacted by mental health disorders. He is assisted in these efforts by selfless volunteers who bring their time and expertise to bear on this important issue.

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Table of Contents

  • Open Sourcing Mental Illness Mental Health in Tech: Guidelines for Executives and HR Professionals
  • Disclaimer
  • Americans with Disabilities Act Cheat Sheet
  • Introduction
  • Section I: The ADA - Your Responsibilities as an Employer
    • Are You Covered?
    • What Employment Practices are Covered?
    • Who Is Protected?
    • How Are Essential Functions Determined?
    • What Are My Obligations to Provide Reasonable Accommodations?
    • What is the Best Way to Identify a Reasonable Accommodation?
    • When Does a Reasonable Accommodation Become An Undue Hardship?
    • Can I Require Medical Examinations or Ask Questions About an Individual’s Disability?
    • How will the ADA Be Enforced and What Are the Available Remedies?
    • How Will EEOC Help Employers Who Want to Comply with the ADA?
    • Additional Questions and Answers on the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Section II: EEOC Enforcement Guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act and Psychiatric Disabilities
    • Psychiatric disability under the ADA
    • Disclosure of disability
    • Requesting reasonable accommodations
    • Selecting types of reasonable accommodations
    • Conduct
  • Section III: Accommodating Employees with Mental Health Impairments
    • What are mental health impairments? - Revisited
    • Accommodating Employees with Mental Health Impairments
  • Section IV: Resources
  • Section V: References
  • OSMI Contributors

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