Have you run into a barrier to access?
Physical? Electronic? Attitudinal? If you run into a barrier on campus, please contact us at 703-993-8730.
Contact the ADA Coordinator
Ruth J. Townsend
Associate Director, ADA Coordinator
Compliance, Diversity and Ethics
Mason Supports Success in the Workplace
The university provides accommodations to employees with disabilities.
Employee rights include:
- Access to all university offerings, including courses, programs, services, activities, employment and facilities.
- Information reasonably available in accessible formats.
- An equal opportunity to employment.
- Receive reasonable accommodations, which may include auxiliary aids and services.
- Confidentiality of all information regarding his/her disability.
The process starts when an employee or a supervisor contacts the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator to discuss or request an accommodation.
What the ADA Coordinator Does
- Explain the process and discuss the employee's request.
- Provide an information-release form for medical documentation.
- Obtain a job description.
- Request confirmation of the employee's condition from a medical professional.
- Schedule ergonomic and/or assistive technology assessments.
- Evaluate the medical professional's report and the assessments to determine if the employee is eligible for accommodations and if so, what kind.
- Discuss recommendations with employee and supervisor.
- If accommodations are warranted, specify in an agreement with employee and supervisor.
- Work with the employing department to provide accommodations.
What the Employee Does
- Help obtain medical documentation.
- Actively participate in assistive technology and/or ergonomic assessments.
- Discuss accommodation needs with the ADA Coordinator and the supervisor.
- Inform supervisor if accommodations are not effective.
- Meet performance standards for his/her position.
What the Supervisor Does
- Provide the employee's position description identifying the essential functions of the job and, if relevant, information about difficulties the employee may be having.
- Discuss possible accommodations with the ADA Coordinator and employee.
- Implement accommodations.
- Monitor and evaluate accommodations' effectiveness.
- Contact the ADA Coordinator if problems arise.