Beginning this fall, the University is providing a new online training program to help supervisors and faculty understand our Disability and Accessibility Policy and assist them in facilitating reasonable accommodations for employees and students with disabilities. Disability & Accessibility at the University of Maryland is the latest in the series of required online civil rights training programs administered by the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM), and is part of the University’s ongoing efforts to create a more inclusive, respectful, and accessible learning and working environment, free from all forms of discrimination.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the UMD Disability and Accessibility Policy and Procedures, supervisors and faculty members are responsible for helping to facilitate reasonable accommodations for employees and students in a timely and effective manner. It is important that all supervisory staff and faculty members know how to identify and respond effectively to requests for reasonable accommodations from employees or students for whom they are responsible. Reasonable accommodations for employees are modifications or adjustments to the work environment, to specific tasks, or to the way things are usually done that allow individuals with disabilities to apply for a job, perform specific job functions, or enjoy equal access to benefits available to other individuals in the workplace. Similarly, reasonable accommodations for students include modifications or adjustments to policies, practices or the environment, as well as auxiliary aids and services, that allow students with disabilities to participate in University programs or activities
Disability & Accessibility at the University of Maryland is the first campus-wide training on the University’s Disability and Accessibility Policy and Procedures. The program was developed by OCRSM, in partnership with the Accessibility and Disability Service (ADS) and the President’s Commission on Disability Issues (PCDI), with input from various campus offices, including UHR. This training is designed to enable supervisors and faculty to identify and respond effectively to accommodation requests and will provide supervisors with a clearer understanding of:
- What a reasonable accommodation is;
- The processes for requesting and implementing reasonable accommodations for staff, faculty, and students, respectively;
- The roles of supervisors and of specific campus offices in facilitating and implementing reasonable accommodations; and
- Best practices and available campus resources for ensuring an accessible, respectful and inclusive working and learning environment for all members of the University community.
Starting in late September, all supervisory staff members and faculty should have received an email message with a personalized link to access the training, along with brief instructions and contact information for questions and assistance. Everyone is asked to complete the training within 30 days of receiving their assignment email. Supervisory staff members who did not receive their assignment email should contact OCRSM at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, if you are a supervisor with staff members or graduate assistants who you believe should complete the training, based on their job responsibilities, please send a request to OCRSM.
For more information about the Disability & Accessibility at the University of Maryland online training program, visit OCRSM online at ocrsm.umd.edu.
Last updated: October 31, 2017