Reasonable Accommodation

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Learning Objectives . Participants in this session will: Learn the legal requirements for providing Reasonable Accommodation (RA).Understand the responsibility of VA to respond to RA requests. Be aware of common pitfalls. . The Rehabilitation Act. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended

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1. Reasonable Accommodation Christy Compton VA Disability Program Manager Outreach and Retention Division Office of Diversity and Inclusion

2. Learning Objectives Participants in this session will: Learn the legal requirements for providing Reasonable Accommodation (RA). Understand the responsibility of VA to respond to RA requests. Be aware of common pitfalls.

3. The Rehabilitation Act The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, requires: Federal agencies to provide reasonable accommodation. (Section 501) That federally funded or sponsored programs be fully accessible. (Section 504) That all electronic technology be accessible. (Section 508)

4. The Legal Requirements for Reasonable Accommodation (RA) The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, requires VA to provide reasonable accommodation to an employee or job applicant with a disability, unless doing so would cause significant difficulty or expense for VA (“undue hardship”). Note: Only the Secretary of VA can deny a request based on cost.

5. Defining Reasonable Accommodation A reasonable accommodation is any change in the work environment (or in the way things are usually done) to help a person with a disability apply for a job; perform the duties of a job; or enjoy the benefits & privileges of employment.

6. Reasonable Accommodation Includes: Making existing facilities readily accessible and usable by persons with disabilities. Job restructuring, modifying work schedules, tele-commuting, and reassignment to a vacant position. Acquiring or modifying equipment or devices, adjusting or modifying examinations, training materials, or policies, and providing qualified readers or interpreters.

7. Effectiveness of Accommodation VA does not have to provide the exact accommodation the employee or job applicant wants. BUT The accommodation provided must be effective in meeting the needs of the employee or applicant.

8. Which Accommodation Would Be Effective for a Deaf Employee? An employee who knows some signs. A certified interpreter who has not used sign language in five years. Sitting close to the speaker so he can read the speaker’s lips. Letting him skip the meeting and giving him a summary afterwards. A and C. None of the above. 8

9. An individual with a disability is a person who: Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; Has a record of such an impairment; or Is regarded as having such an impairment.

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