At The University of Iowa, we endeavor to assist applicants and employees who experience difficulties at work because of a health condition or disability. These experiences can be very different for each individual and may include concerns with communication, concentration, and/or interaction with others. Other abilities could be affected such as ability to move, see, speak, breath, sit, hear, learn, etc.
You may have heard of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAA). The ADA, as amended, is a federal law that assures people with disabilities are provided with the same opportunities for access and participation as people without disabilities. The law supplements Iowa State Code concerning rights of people with disabilities. The University of Iowa strives to provide equal opportunity in all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, benefits, treatment, etc. When health and/or disability concerns substantially limit one or more known major life activities the University provides reasonable accommodation for the individual to have the same opportunity to work as an individual without a disability.
When your health or disability does not substantially limit your abilities but does cause concern, the University strives to provide reasonable assistance in these situations as well.
Regardless of coverage under these laws, the assistance we provide is in the form of accommodation that reduces or eliminates the difficulty experienced at work because of a health condition or disability. Reducing or eliminating this disability allows you the opportunity to be successful at work. We assist, guide, and coach you and your department in the identification of applicable reasonable accommodation and refer you to appropriate community and University resources, when needed.
On our website, you’ll find more information about disability. accommodations, leave and return to work programs, and services of our office. After you have read the information, if you believe your condition does cause you to have difficulties at work, begin by communicating your needs to your Human Resource Representative. Your HR Representative will contact our office and we will work with you and your HR Representative to identify solutions to work difficulties.