Our office is responsible for ensuring campus-wide compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Amendment Act of 2008 (ADAAA), and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as such, directly responds to faculty, staff and public requests for reasonable accommodations and indirectly to student requests. Students requesting reasonable accommodations are referred to the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC). Our office works collaboratively with the Student Disability Resource Center to assist with student needs that SDRC is unable to meet and serves as a clearinghouse for all reasonable accommodation requests involving physical access. Discrimination complaints based on disability are referred to Equal Employment Opportunity in the Human Resources Department.
ADA Compliance Services
The ADA Compliance Office works collaboratively with other university entities as well as external community organizations to help meet the university’s ADA mission and goals as well as to provide leadership in promoting inclusiveness, disability awareness and education in the local community. From that perspective, the ADA Office monitors our campus for ADA compliance, consults and advises faculty, students and staff on disability related issues and provides training and awareness opportunities for the campus community.
|Reasonable Accommodation Consultations||Interpreter Services (other than classroom)|
|Physical Access & Mobility Issues||Employment Accommodations|
|Accessibility Concerns||ADA Complaints|
|Building Accessibility Issues||ADA Rights|
|Liaisons to Community Disability Resources||Accessibility Questions with Athletic Venues|
|Education and Awareness Presentations/Training||Provides ADA Access and Assist with Accommodations for Guests|
The ADA Coordinator in Human Resources is responsible for coordinating reasonable accommodation request(s) for applicants, faculty, staff, and student employees with disabilities. These guidelines are designed to inform members of the campus community and the general public regarding accommodations in employment or in the application process. Individuals needing accommodations should fill out the Accomodation Request Form and return it to Sylvia Patterson, ADA Coordinator, in the Human Resources Office, located in Building 20E. The Procedures for Reasonable Accomodation Requests document details the process for making the request through Human Resources,
In addition there are special services available in the University of West Florida Library for disabled persons. Specialized services are offered on both software and hardware. For more information, please visit the UWF Library webpage.
Project Search is a high school transition program with a business led collaboration that enables young adults with disabilities to gain and maintain employment through training and career exploration. The program takes place in a healthcare, business or higher education setting where total immersion in the workplace facilitates the teaching and learning process through continuous feedback and acquisition of employability and competitive work skills. Each site has a certified teacher and job coaches to work with the students and the business. The ADA Coordinator is the Liaison for Project Search at the UWF Site.
Disability Awareness Events
Disability Award Luncheon
On October 1, 2013, The Disability Summit Council presented the 9th Annual National Disability Awareness Month Luncheon at the Scenic Hills Country Club. Individuals from various organizations, agencies, service providers, and educational institutions were recognized for their hard work, dedication and services they've provided to people with disabilities.
On October 9, 2013, UWF Faculty, Students and Staff participated in a Mentoring Day Program. Students in the Project Search Program spent the day with a mentor on campus. The students shadowed their mentor and had hands on experiences in a workplace setting. The mentoring took place from 8:30a.m. to 11:45a.m., and from 12:00pm to 1:00pm they participated in a facilitated discussion on their experience lead by Ms. Tasha Talton, Asst. Director, Student Transition Programs.
Disability Awareness Conference
On October 17, 2013, the University of West Florida presented its 10th Annual Disability Awareness Day Event in the UWF Conference Center. The event theme was "Because We Are EQUAL to the Task: From Job Seeker to Job Keeper". From 9:00a.m. to 3:30p.m. sessions were offered for students, service providers, employers, advocates, educators, and people with disabilities. Ms. Susan Byram, Executive Director, Autism Pensacola was the keynote speaker, and Ms. Sherry Wheelock, President/CEO, Special Olympics Florida was the special guest speaker. The program also had a discussion panel, job fair and Speaking Peer to Peer session.
Wheelchair Basketball Game
On October 24, 2013, the University of West Florida hosted the Mobile Patriots at the 12th Annual Wheelchair Basketball Game. The game was scheduled from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. in the UWF Field House Gym. There was live entertainment, concessions and lots of giveaways. Admission was free and open to the public.
ADA Campus Map
The Campus ADA Map provides a detailed legend on handicap parking locations, TTY, elevators, automatic doors, Emergency bluelights, sirens, and lighting detection.ADA Campus Map
ADA Faculty and Staff Handbook
The Faculty/Staff Guide to the ADA provides reasonable accommodation information to faculty or staff who are teaching students with disabilities, and information for employees needing or requesting a reasonable accommodation to perform their daily job functions.Faculty and Staff Guide to the ADA
Partnerships, involving regular contacts and collaboration, have been established with the following disability service providers and/or professional organizations.ADA Partnerships
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation. It also mandates the establishment of TDD/telephone relay services. The current text of the ADA includes changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-325), which became effective on January 1, 2009. The ADA was originally enacted in public law format and later rearranged and published in the United States Code.
Job Accommodation Network
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace