Americans with Disabilities (ADA) and Accommodations for Staff Members

What is the ADA?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that provides for equal access and opportunity for individuals with disabilities.

What is a reasonable accommodation?

A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a job, work environment or the way things are usually done. Accommodations are sometimes referred to as “productivity enhancers.” Some examples of reasonable accommodation include ramps, accessible restrooms, or modifying the layout of a workspace.

Who is an “individual with a disability?”

If a staff member meets the Americans with Disabilities Act definition of “disability” that would qualify them for reasonable accommodations if they have “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (sometimes referred to in the regulations as an “actual disability”). If a disability is not obvious to an employer, they can ask for medical documentation from a health care provider to confirm the need for accommodation.

Individuals who solely are “regarded as” having a disability but do not have a disability, are not qualified to receive reasonable accommodations.

What is the process for accommodations?

  1. The staff member requests the forms from Liz Leitz, Human Resources Director (or reaches out to discuss accommodations options) to start the accommodations process.

  2. The staff member completes the employee portion of the forms and if requested has their healthcare provider complete the requested healthcare provider accommodations documentation.

  3. The next step is the interactive process. This is a good opportunity for all engaged in the process to discuss reasonable accommodations that can be put in place for the staff member.

  4. Accommodations will be documented and signed by all parties. If the accommodations are temporary, the accommodation dates will be listed.

  5. After the accommodations are signed and agreed upon, the accommodations will be put in place. Accommodations can always be revisited if revisions are needed.

ADA Forms for Staff Members:

Do you have any questions?

Contact Liz Leitz, Wahluke School District HR Director - (509) 932-4565