What is a reasonable accommodation?
A reasonable accommodation is a modification, adjustment, or assistive device which enables an employee with a disability to perform the essential functions of their position.
What qualifies as a disability?
Under the ADA, a disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. To be eligible for an accommodation under the ADA, employees must submit documentation of their medical condition to determine whether it qualifies as a disability under the ADA. A medical condition alone may not be enough to qualify for accommodation.
How are reasonable accommodations determined?
Once it is determined that a faculty or staff member is eligible for accommodations, the ADA office will engage in the interactive process with the employee, supervisor(s), and potentially other appropriate units, to discuss reasonable accommodations. The essential functions of the job and workplace environment are important factors which must be considered in determining accommodations.
- Employee contacts ADA office, or submits the accommodation request form.
- Employee submits medical documentation to ADA office, showing that they are a person with a disability. The ADA Coordinator and the employee discuss potential accommodations.
- ADA office assists with approval and implementation of reasonable accommodations. Follow-up is provided as needed.