Americans with Disabilities Act
ADA Accommodation Process
Why is an accommodation process needed?
It is the policy of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) to respond to requests for reasonable accommodations in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 794) or section 202 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990(42 U.S.C. 12132), which states in part, "no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity."
Who initiates the process?
The process is generally initiated by the employee. However, anyone may contact the ADA representative.
Who is the ADA representative?
What are the steps in the accommodation process?
- Employee contacts the Office of Equity, Access, and Diversity for the appropriate forms. The employee completes the medical release and requests completion of medical forms from their personal medical provider.
- A current job description is gathered.
- ADA representative consults with resources such as JAN (Job Accommodation Network) to identify standard accommodations for specific diagnosis.
- A meeting/s including the ADA representative, supervisor, and employee takes place to form a working plan.
How is the plan delivered and what is done to follow-up?
- A written form of the plan is provided from the ADA representative to both the supervisor and employee.
- Annually, employees are contacted for updates and adjustments as necessary.
Is the ADA Accommodation process confidential?
Yes. HIPAA and ADA compliance require confidentiality.