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Accommodations range from needing software on your computer that types what you say to a headset for the phone to a special chair to extra training time.  Whatever the accommodation, it is the employees responsibility to request it.  Employers are only responsible for accommodations that are reasonable and that they are aware of.   

In requesting an accommodation, it is best to put the request in writing.  You will need to disclose that you have a disability; the job task is that you are requesting an accommodation for, and what the accommodation is.  If it is a specific piece of equipment, and you know where to acquire it, it would be helpful to provide that information.  Your employer will evaluate your request;  and determine whether they can meet it.  They may have alternative suggestions to discuss with you.  

Requests for accommodations are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  

Here is an overview of the ADA

 Applies to private employers, State and local governments, employment agencies, and labor unions.

 Employers with 25 or more employees are covered as of July 26, 1992.

 Protects the confidentiality of the person with the disability

 Protects the qualified individual for the job he has or wants

 Allows for ‘reasonable accommodations’ or modifications for access, use of technology and development of ‘natural’ supports for the employee

 Allows for modifications within scheduling, job duties and personal care needs specific to a person’s disability

 Prohibits discrimination in all employment including wages and benefits

 Applies to recruitment, advertising, tenure, layoff, leave, fringe benefits, and all other employment-related activities.

 Does not protect poor job performance that is unrelated to job function.

For further information or resources on employment of qualified individuals with disabilities, contact:

 Job Accommodation Network (JAN) – 800-526-7234 or www.jan.wvu.ed

 U.S. Department of Labor – for written materials:  800-959-3652, TTY 800-326-2577 or www.dol.gov  

 To ask questions:  202-219-8412

 ADA Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs) – 800-949-4232

 RESNA Technical Assistance Project – 703-524-6686, TTY 703-524-6639 or www.resna.org

 Access for All – 607-225-7727, TTY 607-255-2891 or ilr.ped@cornell.edu

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