Requesting Accommodations for Faculty and Staff
A reasonable accommodation is a work-related modification, adjustment to the work environment, or assistive device that enables an employee with a disability to perform the essential functions of their position.
In order to determine whether an employee is eligible for an accommodation under the ADA, our office will ask for documentation of a medical condition to determine whether it qualifies as a disability under the ADA. Having a medical condition alone is not enough to make an employee eligible for an accommodation. Under the ADA, a disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities such as breathing, eating, sleeping, walking, talking, manual tasks, etc.
Once our office determines that a faculty or staff member is eligible for accommodations, we will collaboratively engage in the interactive process with the employee and supervisor(s) to determine reasonable accommodations considering the essential functions of the job and work environment.
Request a Training or Accessibility Evaluation
The Office of Accessibility and ADA provides free customized training and accessibility evaluations upon request.
Commonly requested training:
- Disability Awareness 101
- Reasonable Accommodation training for supervisors
- 15-minute overview of reasonable accommodations for staff (common in staff meetings)
- Making your events accessible
- Service animals
Commonly requested evaluations:
- Planning for accessibility of an event, including event space walkthroughs
- Evaluating a space to ensure wheelchair accessibility
- Emergency planning walkthroughs to discuss procedures for faculty, staff, or students with disabilities