Resources for Employees
Registering with Disability Resources
Drexel University is committed to providing employees who have disabilities with equal opportunities to fully participate in the workplace, programs and activities. Drexel employees who have a disability and need accommodations to attain equal access must register with Disability Resources.
Employees who are seeking accommodations for a documented disability will first need to fill out a Request for Accommodations Form.
Request for Accommodations Form [PDF]
Employees also need to submit documentation from a licensed medical professional that provides the following:
- A diagnosis of the disability, which is an impairment and/or condition that substantially limits a major life activity for six months or longer. Temporary adjustments are also available for individuals with short-term impairments, such as those due to accident or injury.
- A discussion of the impact of the diagnosis on the individual in the workplace.
Documentation must be on letterhead and signed by the evaluator/medical professional.
Once the documentation and Request for Accommodations Form are received by Disability Resources, they are reviewed by Disability Resources professional staff. If the documentation is complete, the employee will receive an email inviting them to make an appointment with a professional staff member to discuss accommodations.
If the documentation is incomplete or the documentation does not indicate a qualifying disability, Disability Resources will contact the employee.
The Interactive Process
Employees who are eligible to receive accommodations for a documented disability will discuss their request and their specific needs with a Disability Resources professional. Accommodations are based on the disability, submitted documentation, and the impact of the disability on the employee. Accommodations are intended to be reasonable and minimize the impact of the disability in the work environment.
The Accommodations Verification Letter
Employees who are eligible for accommodations receive an Accommodations Verification Letter (AVL). This letter lists the employee's approved accommodations and is given to the employee's supervisor. Accommodations cannot be granted by supervisors until the employee submits an AVL to that supervisor. The AVL must be renewed annually. It is strongly suggested that any necessary follow-up appointments be made in ample time before the expiration date of the AVL in order to avoid interruption in services.
All documentation submitted to Disability Resources is used to verify eligibility for services and support reasonable accommodations. An individual file is created for each employee and is housed securely in the Disability Resources office. Documentation is not shared with other Drexel University departments.
If an individual believes they have been denied reasonable accommodations, they can file an appeal.