Reasonable Accommodation Requests

Requesting and Implementing Reasonable Accommodation in Compliance with The Americans with Disabilities Act

University of New Hampshire employees who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities may be eligible for reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Amended 2008 (ADA).

Reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a job, the work environment, or the way things usually are done that enables a qualified individual with a disability to enjoy an equal employment opportunity.  An equal employment opportunity means an opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment as are available to an average similarly-situated employee without a disability. Reasonable accommodations are generally a modification to a policy, practice or procedure that may not cause an undue burden on the employer.

To request a reasonable accommodation:

  1. Meet with the EEO/ADA Compliance Officer.  The job description, essential job functions and functional limitations the employee is experiencing are discussed.
     
  2. Complete a “Request for Reasonable Accommodation” and “Healthcare Provider Release.”  Both forms are also available through the Affirmative Action and Equity Office.  Healthcare providers are contacted for medical conditions that are not visible.

Review of documentation:

  1. The EEO/ADA Compliance Officer reviews the reasonable accommodation request and medical documentation to determine if the individual qualifies as a person with a disability under the ADA

Implementation of reasonable accommodation(s):

  1. The EEO/ADA Compliance Officer engages in an interactive process with the employee and supervisor to finalize accommodations that will assist the employee in performing the essential functions of their job.
     
  2. The employee’s department is responsible for implementing the accommodations.
     
  3. The EEO/ADA Compliance Officer will check in with the employee and supervisor on a regular basis for the first year to determine the effectiveness of the accommodations.

For further information please refer to the Disability and Access Resources page and contact:

Wendy Beckwith, EEO/ADA Compliance Officer
wendy.beckwith@unh.edu    
603.862.2929   
TTY: 603.862.1527/Relay NH 7-1-1