Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment against individuals with disabilities (IWDs), and requires these employers to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain these individuals. Federal contractors are also prohibited from denying a reasonable accommodation to a qualified individual with a disability unless doing so would cause an undue hardship on the employer. Section 503 regulations also require federal contractors to invite all employees to self-identify as an individual with a disability. To complete this voluntary process, please click on the Invitation to Self-Identify tab under Affirmative Action in the left column.
Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits public entities from denying access to educational programs and activities because of an individual's disability. The ADA also requires colleges and universities to provide students with appropriate academic adjustments or other reasonable accommodations that are necessary to afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in the school's program.
The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 expanded the definition of the term disability to encompass a broader range of conditions. An individual with a disability is one who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities such as walking, seeing, thinking, or communicating or that significantly impacts the operation of major bodily functions or systems such as immune, digestive, respiratory, or circulatory. An individual with a disability is also someone who is regarded as being disabled.
If you believe you have been subjected to disability discrimination, have witnessed disability discrimination, or have been denied a reasonable accommodation, please contact the EOAC office at (913) 588-8011, or click here to file a complalint online.
If you are an employee seeking a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Human Resource's Office at (913) 588-5031.
If you are a student seeking a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Student Services' Academic Accommodations Coordinator at (913) 945-7035.
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