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 for a chronic condition:
- Meet with the EEO/ADA Compliance Officer. The job description, essential job functions and functional limitations the employee is experiencing are discussed.
- 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:
- 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):
- 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.
- Interim accommodations may be made available as needed until the full interactive process is complete.
- The employee’s department is responsible for implementing the accommodations.
- 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.
To request an exception to a USNH Travel Policy for a chronic or temporary medical condition
- Review the Internal Procedure for requesting an exception to the USNH Travel Policy
For further information please refer to the Disability and Access Resources page and contact:
Wendy Beckwith, EEO/ADA Compliance Officer
TTY: 603.862.1527/Relay NH 7-1-1