ADA Compliance for Supervisors

What supervisors need to know:

  • The ADA Coordinator in Human Resources is responsible for coordinating reasonable accommodation requests for applicants, faculty, staff, and student employees with disabilities.
  • A reasonable accommodation is any modification or adjustment to a job or the work environment that will enable a qualified applicant or employee with a disability to participate in the application process or to perform essential job functions.
  • The ADA does not require you to develop or maintain a job description. If you use job descriptions, they should be reviewed to make sure they accurately reflect the actual functions of the job.
  • A supervisor is only required to accommodate a “known” disability. If the individual does not request an accommodation, the supervisor is not obligated to provide one except where an individual’s known disability impairs his or her ability.
  • If a particular accommodation would be an undue hardship, the supervisor must try to identify another accommodation that will not pose such a hardship. The supervisor or department head has final approval of accommodation options provided by the ADA Coordinator.