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1 Working with Individuals with Disabilities at Texas A&M Kristie Orr, Ph.D. Director, Disability Services Texas A&M University **Much of this presentation is taken from a University Risk and Compliance presentation with the permission of Ms. Annette Wallis.

2 Why this topic? Vision 2020 Imperative 6 Campus Diversity Plan Americans with Disabilities Act/ADA Amendments of 2010 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1976

3 ADA Compliance Committee -ADA Coordinator- Associate Vice President for University Risk and Compliance -Students- Disability Services -Faculty- Dean of Faculties -Staff- Human Resources

4 ADA Requirements Texas A&M provides a welcoming environment to individuals with disabilities Reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified employees or prospective employees with disabilities Reasonable accommodations for visitors attending university events

5 What is a disability? A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Major life activities: walking, breathing, seeing, hearing, speaking, learning, performing manual tasks, caring for oneself, etc.

6 What if someone discloses? Employees are responsible for disclosing their disability and accommodations needs Typically immediate supervisor will be informed Requests dont have to be in writing Work with employee in interactive decision-making process

7 Interactive Process -Employee discloses disability and requests accommodations -Employee and supervisor discuss reasonable accommodations, often can be worked out easily -Determine all accommodations on a case- by-case basis -If no agreement reached, involve next level supervisor

8 Examples of Reasonable Accommodations -Making existing facilities accessible -Modified work schedules/flex schedules -Acquiring or modifying equipment -Changing tests, manuals, procedures -Sign language interpreting -Changing work location

9 Contact Us Department of Disability Services Cain Hall, Room B118 Phone/TTY: Fax: Website:


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