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Who is protected by the ADA?
If you have a disability and are qualified to do a job, the ADA protects you from job discrimination on the basis of your disability. If you have a disability, you must be qualified to perform the essential functions or duties of a job, with or without reasonable accommodation, in order to be protected from job discrimination by the ADA. Essential functions are the fundamental job duties that you must be able to perform on your own or with the help of a reasonable accommodation. An employer cannot refuse to hire you (or fire you) because your disability prevents you from performing duties that are not essential to the job.
Do I have to tell my employer that I have a disability?
Under the ADA, employers are only required to provide accommodations for employees who are experiencing workplace problems because of a disability. Therefore, unless you let your employer know that you have a disability, the employer is not obligated to consider accommodations under the ADA.
What is Reasonable Accommodation?
Reasonable accommodation is any change or adjustment to a work environment that permits an employee with a disability to perform the essential functions of a job. Reasonable accommodation may include modifying equipment or devices, assistive technology or interpreters.
How do I request accommodation?
To request accommodations employees should complete the online form and provide appropriate documentation from a qualified medical professional. Documentation should verify the existence of the disabling condition and identify the functional limitations caused by the disability.
Additional ADA information
For more information, contact:
Employee Disability Services
Office: Bouillon 140
Administrator of Employee Disability Services