Faculty and Staff with Disabilities


The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities in employment practices. The ADA also requires that employers provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities, so long as it does not impose an undue hardship on the employer.

Requesting an Accommodation

Employees or applicants who believe that they have a disability necessitating an accommodation should contact their supervisor, or the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (412) 648-7890. It is the responsibility of the employee with a disability to self-identify and inform the University that an accommodation is requested. Documentation of the disability will be required. Requests for reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis involving a cooperative effort among the employee, the supervisor and Disability Resources, with due consideration of the documentation that has been submitted.

An interactive tool is the Campus Accessibility Map.

Reasonable Accommodation

A reasonable accommodation can be a change or adjustment to a job or work environment that affords an employee with a disability the opportunity to perform the essential functions of the job. If a reasonable accommodation is required, an employer must provide an effective reasonable accommodation, but not necessarily the particular accommodation preferred or requested by the employee.

Essential Functions

Essential job functions are those duties that an employee must be able to perform in the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

Services to Faculty and Staff with Disabilities