VIII. Employees with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a Federal Law that is designed to provide opportunity and access to employment, facilities, services and transportation for all persons who are otherwise qualified persons with disabilities as defined by the Act. A disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of an individual's "major life activities." This act prohibits discrimination in employment against a qualified individual with a disability. A person who is disabled will be considered a "qualified individual" if s/he is able to perform the essential functions of the employment position either with or without a reasonable accommodation.

If you or a member of your staff needs a reasonable accommodation in order to perform your job, you should contact the Dean of Human Resources. You will be asked to request an accommodation in writing and to provide substantiation of your disability from your health care provider along with that provider's recommendations regarding the need for accommodation. All information that you or your health care provider give to us will be maintained in a separate file and will be held in the strictest of confidence.


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