Elements of a Sample Accommodation Letter for ADHD
Asking for accommodations at work can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. The key is to remember that you are entitled to accommodations under the law, and your employer is required to provide them. With that in mind, here’s a step-by-step guide to writing a request for accommodation letter to your employer.
1. Start by briefly explaining who you are and what your job is.
2. Then, explain that you have a disability or medical condition that requires certain accommodations.
3. Be specific about what ADHD accommodations you need (review this comprehensive list of ADHD accommodations at work), and why they are necessary.
4. Finally, thank your employer in advance for their time and attention to your request.
By following these steps, you can make sure your request for accommodation is clear and concise. And with any luck, your employer will be responsive and accommodating.
The sample letter below is only a suggestion and can be altered, amended, and adjusted to fit your circumstances and needs. Take a portion or use the entire letter to help you write your own letter.
Sample Accommodation Letter for ADHD
Dear [Insert Employer’s Name]:
I enjoy my job in the [accounts payable] department here at [Company Name],
however I have an ongoing mental health diagnosis that affects my [working
memory, mood, sleep schedule, time management, concentration and focus]. I
would like to request accommodations so that I might be able to perform my job
effectively before my performance starts to suffer..
Mental health is often viewed as something that can be fixed with a few days off,
medication, or a change in scenery, but for those of us who suffer from Attention
Deficit, Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), it is an ongoing daily battle. I assure you
that I am fully capable of performing my duties with the assistance of
I understand that requesting accommodations may be viewed as a sign of
weakness, but I am hopeful that [Company Name] will see this as an opportunity to
support a valued employee thru diversity and inclusivity. I am confident that, with the right support from my supervisor and peers, I will continue to be a high-performing member of the team.
Based on research from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website and JAN-Job Accommodations Network website, I have included several evidence-based accommodations below I would like to discuss. However, I am open to any additional accommodations you may suggest.
[Accommodation 1] – to address [working memory].
[Accommodation 2] – to address [severe social anxiety].
[Accommodation 3] – to address [focus and concentration].
[Accommodation 4] – to address [focus and concentration].
Please let me know if you need additional information or documentation from my
doctor. Thank you for your time and consideration and I look forward to your
quick response, preferably within [7 business days].
More Sample Accommodation Letters for ADHD
Sample Accommodation Request Letter: Mental Health -From the JAN-Job Accommodations Network Site
“Date of Letter
Dear [Insert employer’s name here]:
I have been having medical issues that have affected my mood, sleep schedule, concentration, and focus. I would like to request accommodations so that I might be able to perform my job effectively before my performance starts to suffer.
Workplace distractions interfere with my concentration and focus so I would like to try noise cancelling headphones to minimize sound distractions. In addition, having a list of what I might need to do for the workday/week could also help me keep track of my work.
Please let me know if you need additional information or would like to discuss additional ideas. Would you please let me know in the next week? Thank you for considering my request.
Your printed name
CC: to appropriate individuals”