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UT Dallas - Human Resources

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The University of Texas at Dallas is committed to strengthening “programs that will attract a diverse array of talented people at all levels, and create a culture that celebrates diversity.” (Creating the Future: Our Plan, Page 7) In support of our strategic plan, our policy is “to provide an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community.” (Excerpt from Policy D11-195, Nondiscrimination.)

Overview, Reasonable Accommodations for Faculty and Staff

An accommodation is a reasonable modification or adjustment to the work environment that enables a qualified person with a disability to perform the essential functions of a position and enjoy the same benefits and privileges of employment as enjoyed by non-disabled employees. In order to determine whether you are eligible for an accommodation under the ADA (1990,) as amended (2008 / ADAAA,) the Employee Relations Staff in the office of Human Resources may request that you provide documentation for your medical condition.

Having a medical condition alone is not enough to make you eligible for an accommodation under the ADAAA Guidelines. Under the ADAAA, an individual with a disability is a person with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; has a record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such impairment. A substantial limitation is defined as an impairment that prevents the performance if a major life activity that most people in the general population can perform. If you are a faculty or staff member and would like to request an accommodation, please contact the Employee Relations staff.

If you are a student or visitor, please see the links on the right-hand side of this page for further information.