At The University of Iowa, we endeavor to assist applicants and employees who have trouble at work because of a health condition or disability. Difficulty at work can be very different for each person and situation and may include communicating, concentrating, interacting with others, seeing, moving, learning, breathing, sitting, hearing, etc.
You may have heard of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAA). The ADA is a federal law that assures people with disabilities are provided with the same opportunities for access and participation as people without disabilities. The law supplements Iowa State Code concerning rights of people with disabilities. Specific to the workplace, the ADA requires employers to provide equal opportunity in all aspects of employment and reasonable accommodation when a disability substantially limits one or more major life activities. These laws may cover you if you have a disability.
Regardless of coverage under these laws, the assistance we provide is in the form of accommodations that reduce or eliminate the difficulty you experience at work because of a health condition or disability. Reducing or eliminating this disability allows you the opportunity to be successful at work. We work with you and your department to identify appropriate accommodation and refer you to appropriate community and university resources.
On our website, you’ll find more information about the ADA, ADAA, and the services of our office. After you have read the information, if you believe your condition does cause you to have difficulties at work, begin by communicating your needs to your Human Resource Representative. FSDS will work with you and your HR rep to identify solutions to work difficulties.