Reasonable Accommodations

Disability: Under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), a person is considered to have a disability if (1) he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities such as, but not limited to, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, performing manual tasks, walking, caring for oneself, learning, major bodily function; (2) has a record of having such an impairment; or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment.

Reasonable Accommodations: A reasonable accommodation is any change or adjustment to a job or work environment that permits a person with a disability to participate in the job application process, to perform the essential functions of a job, or to enjoy benefits and privileges of employment equal to those enjoyed by staff without disabilities. For example, a reasonable accommodation may include, but is not limited to: acquiring or modifying equipment or devices, job restructuring, modified work schedules, removing readily achievable barriers

Essential Function: It is important to note that employees must perform the essential functions of their jobs and meet all job-related requirements, with or without reasonable accommodations. What is reasonable by way of accommodation typically is a fact-specific inquiry informed by job requirements.

Any change in the work or classroom environment, in the way things are customarily done, or in the application process that enables a person with a disability to enjoy equal employment opportunities. The three general categories of reasonable accommodation are changes to: (1) job application process to permit people with disabilities to be considered for jobs; (2) enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of a job; and (3) give people with disabilities equal access to the benefits and privileges of employment.


Who I Am

The PSA "Who I Am" features nine people with disabilities who remind us they are the sum of their many life roles - which includes working in jobs they enjoy. Interested in more about the Disability Employment Campaign? Visit

Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability or Veteran Status

To help us comply with federal law, all faculty and staff at the University are invited to complete a voluntary self-identification survey on myGate annually during Open Enrollment and during the application process for open positions at MSU.

Disability Etiquette