To provide for the reasonable
accommodations of persons with disabilities in compliance with the
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 established the
principle that no otherwise qualified disabled individual will be treated in an
unequal manner or be discriminated against under any entity, program or
activity receiving federal financial assistance. This legislation applies to
BGSU faculty, classified and administrative staff, and students.
Determining that an individual is
disabled within the applicable federal or state law is only the first step
towards determining that he or she is protected under those laws. Federal laws
covering persons with disabilities protect individuals who are "otherwise
qualified." This means that a disabled employee must be able to perform the
"essential functions" of the job, with or without reasonable
A disability is defined as having a
physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life
activity, having a record of such an impairment, or being regarded as having
such an impairment. Employees who feel that they have a disability as defined
above should take the following steps to ensure that their needs are met to the
extent possible under ADA guidelines so that BGSU is in compliance with federal
Employees with a disability should speak with the immediate
supervisor and/or the director of disability resources to make them aware of
the perceived disabling condition.
The director of
disability resources will meet with the individual, the work supervisor and
appropriate HR representative to discuss the employment concern and clarify the
procedures for establishing a reasonable accommodation.
The employee will
participate in a job analysis. With permission, the attending physician will be
contacted to review the job analysis and provide an opinion on the employee's
ability to perform the job duties as outlined. The physician will also be asked
to complete a physical capacities form. In some instances an independent
physician may be asked to perform these evaluations.
will, then, participate in discussions to determine what reasonable
accommodations will be made to allow performance of the "essential functions"
of the job. The information from the physician will inform these
Date: January 1, 2014
Ohio Admin. Code