Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance

The goal of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is to ensure that individuals with disabilities are not discriminated against or denied equal access to the same programs, services, and facilities available to others.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is required to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment, and for persons who participate in or apply for participation in the University’s program and activities.

To make an accommodation request: Complete the Accommodation Request Form with your medical provider and submit to the campus ADA coordinator  at:

Reasonable Accommodation

Reasonable accommodation is any change or modification to the hiring process, a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables a qualified individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform the duties of a job, and enjoy benefits and privileges of employment equal to those without disabilities, without causing significant difficulty or disruption in the workplace or posing a health or safety threat.

Accommodations are provided on an individualized, case-by-case basis and considered in collaboration with the requesting employee, the ADA Coordinator, and the supervisor.

Employees and applicants are not required to disclose the medical need for an accommodation to their immediate supervisor or hiring manager and medical information is kept separate from the personnel file.

For more information about the disability accommodation process for employees, please refer to the Reasonable Accommodation Process Guide (PDF).

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

ADA Employment Provisions: Key Terms

Qualified Individual with a Disability

An applicant or employee with a disability who has the qualifications for the position desired or held (through training, education, experience) and who can perform the position’s essential functions with or without accommodations.


A mental or physical impairment, or record or perception of a mental or physical impairment, that substantially limits one or more major life activities (e.g., the ability to walk, talk, see, hear, breathe, learn, sleep, take care of oneself, or work).

Reasonable Accommodation

Any modification that permits a qualified individual (applicant, employee) with a disability to perform the essential functions of a position without imposing undue hardship on the employer.

Undue Hardship

An accommodation that is unduly costly, extensive, or disruptive to the employer.

Essential Functions

Those duties that exist as the very purpose for the position and must be performed by the person holding the position. Essential functions must be distinguished from marginal functions which may be eliminated or reassigned to other employees. Factors to consider are:

  • the number of employees available to perform the function
  • the consequences of not having the function performed
  • whether the function requires special skills for which the employee was hired

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


ADA Process Documents


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