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Funding ADA Accommodation for L&S Employees
From time to time, departments are asked to provide reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities, in order to ensure equal employment opportunities and to provide a workplace environment in which our employees can be successful. Sometimes these requests are communicated informally and accommodated within ordinary departmental processes and decisions (for example, an employee expresses a preference for a particular type of keyboard, to reduce aggravating an old injury). Sometimes these requests are communicated formally, in a process that involves certification of the need from a treating specialist and employee submission of the Disability Accommodation Request form through the L&S Division Disability Representative (DDR) for his or her employment group (faculty, academic or classified staff, or graduate assistant). (For the current list of L&S DDRs, please see doc L&S Disability Accommodation - Employment).
In general, it is the College of Letters & Science policy that departments are expected to absorb the cost for reasonable accommodations up to $1,000 for each case. If a department has a request that exceeds this amount, the department may contact their respective College DDR to request assistance with the cost of the accommodation. Each situation will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Please remember that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requests for accommodation must be kept confidential, and the L&S DDR will be the point of contact (as opposed to the department’s Associate Dean or other staff).