At the University of Iowa, we endeavor to assist applicants and employees who experience difficulties in the application process and/or 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 the ability to move, see, speak, breathe, sit, hear, learn, etc. An individual could experience difficulties with one or more of these concerns.
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 health or disability does not substantially limit an individual’s 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 in the application process and/or at work because of a health condition or disability concern. Reducing or eliminating the concern caused by the health condition/disability allows an individual the opportunity to be successful in the application process and/or at work. We assist, guide, and coach the individual and applicable department in the identification of applicable reasonable accommodation. We also refer individuals to appropriate community and University resources, when needed.
There is more information on our website about disability, accommodations, leave and return to work programs, and services of our office. When health/disability is a concern, we encourage applicants to contact our office directly for assistance and employees to begin the process by contacting their Human Resource Representative. The HR Representative contacts our office and we will work with the employee, HR Representative and manager to identify solutions to work difficulties.