Americans with Disabilities Act: What Supervisors Need to Know

This session will guide you through a variety of topics that will help you understand the Americans with Disabilities Act and its effect on campus. By the time the session is over, you should be able to understand the purpose of and the need for the ADA, define disability and know what distinguishes an individual as being disabled, know how to recognize when accessibility needs to be addressed and have some ideas on how to address it, know some different ways to make reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities, and help break  down barriers for those with disabilities who need opportunities to grow as an equal part of the on-campus community.

Why “Americans with Disabilities Act: What Supervisors Need to Know” Matters

Out of a total U.S. population of around 290 million, between 40 million and 50 million Americans have disabilities. This works out to nearly 1 in 6.

Key Points

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA is the federal law that prohibits employment discrimination against individuals with disabilities.
  • Avoid making assumptions about a disability and its impact on the job;
  • Judge individuals only on their ability to perform essential job functions;
  • The ADA prohibits employers from considering “mitigating measures” when assessing a disability
  • Make reasonable accommodations to provide equal opportunities to people with disabilities.

Duration: 34 minutes

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