Disabilities in the Workplace Program
"When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990, a founding truth of our Nation was realized for persons living with disabilities -- that all our citizens are entitled to the same privileges, pursuits, and civil rights. As we mark the 20th anniversary of this historic legislation, we renew our commitment to ensuring that everyone with disabilities can live free from the weight of discrimination and pursue the American dream."
| -- President Barack Obama, July 26, 2010
The Disabilities in the Workplace Committee set a goal to provide education, awareness, and resources to supervisors, management and
staff in the area of persons with disabilities who work at UCAR/NCAR/UCP. This committee developed from the Workplace Management
Plan's "Diversity in the Workplace" subcommittee in January 2010.
The goals of the committee are:
Provide Education, Awareness and Resources to UCAR/NCAR/UCP supervisors and staff.
Sustain a safe, open, and accepting work environment for current and future employees with a disability.
Set up brown bag informational meetings for staff for Q&As and more formal trainings with professionals from the Colorado ADA.
Provide information on social etiquette tips.
Create a website with all the above information.
The committee has partnered with the Rocky Mountain ADA Center of Colorado Springs to provide information addressing Disabilities in the Workplace.
Please view the presentation materials.
What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?
The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, State and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications.
An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person
who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. The ADA does not specifically name
all of the impairments that are covered.
ADA Title I: Employment
Title I requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide qualified individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from the
full range of employment-related opportunities available to others. For example, it prohibits discrimination in recruitment, hiring, promotions, training, pay,
social activities, and other privileges of employment. It restricts questions that can be asked about an applicant's disability before a job offer is
made, and it requires that employers make reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of otherwise qualified individuals with
disabilities, unless it results in undue hardship.
What is "reasonable accommodation"?
Reasonable accommodation is any modification or adjustment to a job or the work environment that will enable a qualified applicant or employee with
a disability to participate in the application process or to perform essential job functions. Reasonable accommodation also includes adjustments to
assure that a qualified individual with a disability has rights and privileges in employment equal to those of employees without disabilities.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy 1-3 UCAR is committed to providing equal
opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability,
marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. UCAR expressly prohibits any discrimination or harassment based on these
Workplace Conduct 2-6 UCAR, consistent with the federal law, prohibits harassment on the basis of age,
race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability or any other applicable status protected by law.
Disability Etiquette: Tips On Interacting With People With Disabilities
You donít have to feel awkward when dealing with a person who has a disability. This booklet provides some basic tips for you to follow. And if you are ever unsure how to interact with a person who has
a disability, just ask!
View additional information from the Rocky Mountain ADA Center outlining the following topics:
A Guide to Disability Rights Laws
The Americans with Disabilities Act - Questions and Answers
The ADA: Your Employment Rights as an Individual With a Disability
The ADA: Your Responsibilities as an Employer
Reasonable Accommodation and Undue Hardship Under the ADA
Applying Performance And Conduct Standards To Employees With Disabilities
Rocky Mountain ADA and Hotline - 1-800-949-4232 (V/TTY)
Rocky Mountain ADA Resources
Rocky Mountain Access Newsletter
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Boulder County - 303-443-4591
Laurie Carr, 303-497-8702
Cyd Perrone, 303-497-8710
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