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Disability Accommodations, Policy No. 222

Disability Accommodations, Policy No. 222

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It is the policy of the board of education to take reasonable steps to accommodate our employees, patrons and students with disabilities.

Employment opportunities will not be withheld from any qualified person solely because of a known disability. The technology center will make reasonable accommodations to the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified person, unless it can be shown that the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of this technology center.

For the purposes of this policy, the term “reasonable accommodation” may include making existing facilities used by employees readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities; and job restructuring, part-time or modified work schedules, re-assignment to a vacant position, acquisition or modification of equipment, modifications or examinations and training, the provision of qualified readers and other similar and reasonable accommodation.

Plan for Assessing Undue Hardship

The technology center is not required to provide an accommodation if it will impose an undue hardship on the operation of its business. Undue hardship is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") as an action that is excessively costly, extensive, substantial, or disruptive, or that would fundamentally alter the nature or operation of the business.

The technology center will evaluate and determine whether a particular accommodation will impose an undue hardship on a case-by-case basis. The factors to be considered are as follows:

1.      The nature and cost of the accommodation needed.

2.      The financial resources of the facility making the accommodation, the number of employees, at the facility, and the effect on expenses and resources of the facility.

3.      The overall financial resources, size, number of employees, and type and location of facilities of the entity covered by ADA.

4.      The operation of the technology center including the structure and functions of the work force, the geographic separateness, and the administrative or fiscal relationship of the facility involved in making the accommodation to the larger entity.

5.      The impact of the accommodation on the operation of the facility that is making the accommodation.

Each of the related factors will be considered in determining whether an accommodation will pose an undue hardship. The ADA compliance officer will investigate the accommodations under consideration and will issue a report examining the accommodations in view of the factors listed.