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Accommodations: What’s Reasonable

Are your company #recruiters looking for candidates who are college graduates? If so, are they considering #students-with- #disabilities? According to the most recent U.S. government figures, approximately 11 percent of #undergraduates, or over two million #students, have a #disability. According to the self-reported information, many have #learningdisabilities or #ADD, but 15 percent have an #orthopedic or #mobility #impairment; 6 percent have a #hearing #impairment; and 3 percent are #blind or #visuallyimpaired.

Although elementary and secondary schools are required by law to attempt to identify students with a disability and document their needs, in college, as in the workplace, it is the responsibility of the individual to identify themselves (#disclose) and request services (#accommodations).

Colleges that accept a student who has a physical disability must at least make essential spaces such as the library, residence hall, lab and classroom, #accessible. For instance, if a student who uses a #wheelchair wants to take a course that is scheduled to be held on the second floor of a building that doesn’t have an elevator, the #reasonableaccommodation would be to reschedule the entire class to be held on the first floor.

But what is #unreasonable? This is a question often asked by businesses and #colleges alike. According to the #ADA definition, an #accommodation that would be considered #unreasonable for a #college would “fundamentally alter the nature of a program, lower or waive essential academic requirements, or result in undue financial or administrative burdens,” for example, installing elevators or new door openers in all buildings. Other accommodations considered unreasonable for a college may include providing #Braille readers or the salary for a personal assistant.

Once the college has determined appropriate accommodation arrangements, professors cannot refuse to comply with them. This is the same for a business; in that, once a company has determined appropriate accommodation arrangements, #managers cannot refuse to #comply. The bottom line is that, an accommodation aims to level the playing field for both students and employees with disabilities.

Nadine

This information should not be construed as “legal advice” for a particular set of facts or circumstances. It is intended only to be a practical guide for participants familiar with this subject. Users should seek appropriate legal advice tailored to address their specific situation.