Accommodating individuals with disabilities

Reasonable accommodations are: Changes to a task, a way of doing things, or the individual’s workplace that make it possible for a qualified individual with a disability (as described above) to carry out the essential functions of the job.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other federal and State law, and consistent with the University’s Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct, it is the policy of the University to provide reasonable accommodations in employment to any qualified individual with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the University’s business or would change the essential functions of the position.A non-faculty employee should notify his or her supervisor about the need for accommodation; a faculty employee should notify his or her department chairman or dean.Any employee may also request an accommodation through the Equal Opportunity Office.The request should be in writing and should include the following: Step 2.Engage in an interactive dialogue: The employee should engage in an interactive dialogue with the supervisor and/or Human Resources professional about the specific impact of the condition on job performance and to determine a reasonable accommodation.Reasonable accommodations often come in the form of aids and services that allow individuals with disabilities to participate in positions and activities to the same extent as other people do.

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