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AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA)

Summary of Regulations and Guidelines
Michigan State University Extension

DEFINITION

 

QUALIFIED PERSON

 

EMPLOYMENT (Title I)

A reasonable accommodation is defined as readily achievable, easily accomplishable, or without much difficulty or expense.

Reasonable accommodations may include: making the work facility accessible; restructuring the job; modifying work schedules; and acquiring or modifying equipment.

Employees may request an accommodation through their immediate supervisor who routes it to the County Extension Director, Regional Director and MSUE Human Resources for disposition.

Employment related accommodation costs are the responsibility of the county. In the event a county cannot bear such costs, a request for financial assistance may be made to MSU Extension Administration through MSUE Human Resources.

 

PROGRAM ACCESSIBILITY (Title II)

Reasonable accommodations may include: making facilities accessible; modifying programs; relocating program sites; providing qualified readers, interpreters or signers; providing auxiliary aids and services; and acquiring and utilizing special equipment for program delivery.

Persons with disabilities are responsible for requesting needed accommodations. MSUE is not responsible for anticipating unstated needs or offering assistance that is not requested. However, if an event is open to the public and no advanced registration is required, it should be presumed that accommodations are needed.

Primary consideration should always be given to the specific accommodation requested by an individual. However, it is appropriate to suggest an alternative aid or service which, while not the individual’s first choice, still provides program accessibility.

Program related accommodation costs are the responsibility of the county. In the event a county cannot bear such costs, a request for financial assistance may be made to MSU Extension Administration through MSUE Human Resources.

ADA prohibits imposing extra charges upon persons with disabilities to recover the cost of auxiliary aids and services, program modifications, or facility renovations.

 

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