Answers to frequently asked ADA questions

What is the Americans with Disability Act?
The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities, and guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in employment, public accommodations, transportation, State and local government services and telecommunications.
What is the definition of a disability?
Not everyone with a medical condition is protected by the law. In order to be protected, a person must be qualified for the job and have a disability as defined by the law. A person can show that he or she has a disability in one of three ways:
  • A person may be disabled if he or she has a physical or mental condition that substantially limits a major life activity (such as walking, talking, seeing, hearing, or learning).
  • A person may be disabled if he or she has a history of a disability (such as cancer that is in remission).
  • A person may be disabled if he is believed to have a physical or mental impairment that is not transitory (lasting or expected to last six months or less) and minor (even if he does not have such an impairment).
What rights do I have as an employee or student in the Anchorage School District?
All students and employees of the Anchorage School District have the right to pursue their education or occupation with dignity in a safe environment free of discrimination and/or harassment. These rights are not only protected under district policy but are also protected under state, local and federal laws.
What is the ADAAA Interactive Process?
Reasonable accommodation is any change or adjustment to a job or work environment that permits a qualified applicant or employee with a disability to participate in the job application process, to perform the essential functions of a job, or to enjoy benefits and privileges of employment equal to those enjoyed by employees without disabilities. Under the ADA, employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities, unless doing so would pose an undue hardship.
How do I request a reasonable accommodation?
Before contacting the Compliance/EEO Office do the following:
  1. Complete Section A of the ADAAA Request for Accommodation and Medical Inquiry form (form EEO#001).
  2. Begin the interactive process by discussing your needs with your principal or program supervisor.
  3. Work with your supervisor to discuss reasonable accommodations.
  4. Your supervisor will complete the ADA Plan with your input, and both parties will sign the ADA Plan.
  5. The ADA Plan will be reviewed periodically.

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