Who should we consult to help us gauge a person’s capacity to focus on job-related tasks?
National Disability Forum: March 2016
National Disability Forum
A Forum for All Interested Disability Stakeholders
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST
National Education Association
Topic: Developing and Assessing Medical Evidence for Extreme Limitations in the Ability to Focus on Tasks
SSA is interested in exploring ways to improve how we develop and assess medical evidence related to extreme limitations in attention, concentration, and persistence that result in the inability to do any work. For example, at some point such limitations may cause a person to be “off task” to the extent that they could not do any work.
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What does previous research tell us about employer expectations around productivity? For example, what are employer tolerances for employees being “off task”? Do employers typically make reasonable accommodations in relation to off-task behavior?
At what level do impairment-related limitations in attention, concentration, and persistence cause off-task behavior to the extent a person could not do any job on the national economy? What research supports this threshold?
Are there related limitations besides attention, concentration, and persistence that affect a person’s ability to focus on tasks? How severe would they need to be to prevent someone from working? What previous research supports these suggestions?
What standard tests or questionnaires already exist for assessing attention, concentration, and persistence?