Disabilities in the Workplace Resource Web Page
What is my responsibility when an employee notifies me of a disability?
Managers/supervisors inherently come across employees' health information.
A manager's/supervisor's responsibility is to know how to handle the information once it has been revealed. It is not the manager's/supervisor's job
to initiate the discussion about a possible health or disability condition, probe for details, or provide an opinion about the employee's condition.
Respect and maintain the employee's privacy.
Become familiar with UCAR's Privacy HIPAA policy.
Work with the employee as it relates to the job they perform.
Listen to the issues being presented and ask how you can be of assistance.
Conduct business as usual keeping the information to the smallest group possible (generally the chain of command as needed)
Depending on the disability, the manager/supervisor might be able to provide a reasonable accommodation through the use of special equipment. Bob Wiley of SaSS can be of
assistance to determine the appropriate equipment, as needed.
Contact Cyd Perrone or Laurie Carr in the HR Benefits Office to assist you with how to proceed with any requests for reasonable accommodation.
How should I notify my supervisor of my disability? Should I notify my supervisor of my disability? Will my privacy be respected?
If you feel it is necessary to report the disability to your supervisor, arrange a meeting to discuss the situation openly and honestly.
The supervisor should listen to your request, respect your privacy and understand what can be done to assist you. Keep in mind that the supervisor might need to
discuss the situation with others in the chain of command but otherwise keeping the revealed information to the smallest group possible.
If you do not feel comfortable discussing your disability with your supervisor and/or need assistance on how to approach your supervisor,
please contact Cyd Perrone or Laurie Carr in the HR Benefits Office.
How do I request "reasonable accommodation" within my job?
As appropriate, a request can be made for reasonable accommodation. Each request for reasonable accommodation must be evaluated.
The supervisor might not be in a position to authorize a reasonable accommodation or upon evaluation, a reasonable accommodation might not be granted.
Access is difficult in my building. Who should I contact?
For building and structual issues, please notify Brad Pattison, Facilities Planner.
For Visitors to the Mesa Lab
How do I find out about access to the NCAR facility?
Please visit the Accessibility page prior to visiting the NCAR Mesa Lab Visitor Center.
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