Many organizations struggle to address access and provide accommodations because they haven’t budgeted to do so. To address this, victim service organizations can advocate with their major funders to make violence against women with disabilities a priority area, create fundraising appeals, and account for the need to pay for accommodations upon request in their budgetary projections. Proactive budgeting allows staff to seek the services of an interpreter without having to jump through additional hoops, such as requesting special permission to do so.
Tips and Resources You Can Use
- Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact. In this annually-updated study by The Job Accommodation Network (JAN), employers reported that 57% of accommodations had no costs associated with them, while the rest typically cost less than $500. The results consistently showed that the benefits employers received from making workplace accommodations far outweighed the low cost. To learn more about different types of workplace accommodations, visit JAN’s website.
- The Rose Brooks Center, a domestic violence organization in Kansas City, Missouri, keeps an ongoing list of capital improvement projects that enhance accessibility, based on feedback from survivors and the results of their accessibility and responsiveness evaluation tool. They also maintain a list of program-related supplies associated with creating an accessible and trauma-informed environment. This list is shared with the development team, which references both lists when applying for grants or other funding. They have successfully secured funding for a snack kitchen renovation, the addition of four accessible bedrooms with attached baths, curb cuts, automatic door openers, an accessible outdoor picnic table, way-finding signs, and accessible exam tables for their health clinic.