The law requires employers, in the right circumstances, to make reasonable accommodation for the special needs of a disabled applicant or employee. With regard to employees, a reasonable accommodation is any modification or adjustment to the work environment, or to the manner or circumstances under which the position held is customarily performed, that would enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of that position, or that would enable an employee with a disability to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment as they are enjoyed by other similarly situated employees without disabilities. In the application context, a reasonable accommodation is any modification or adjustment to a job application process that enables a qualified applicant with a disability to be considered for the position the person desires, including the modifications or adjustments they would need to perform the essential functions if hired.
Examples of Reasonable Accommodations
Reasonable accommodation may include, but are not limited to: making existing facilities used by employees readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities; job restructuring; part-time or modified work schedules; reassignment to a vacant position; equipment or devices; adjustment or modification of examination, training materials or policies; and the provision of qualified readers or interpreters.
Requesting an Employment Accommodation
Once you are employed by the State of Vermont, you may request reasonable accommodations to do your job. This might be a modification or adjustment to the work environment or to the way the job is usually performed. Modifications to the working environment or job duties may be made to allow you to do the "essential functions" - the important parts of the job - and allow you to enjoy the same benefits as other employees in similar positions. Types of accommodations that might be made are making facilities accessible, job restructuring, modified work schedule, adaptive equipment or devices, or making training material accessible.
Once you indicate your need for or interest in a reasonable accommodation to do your job, you will be provided a copy of the Reasonable Accommodation Request form or you may download the form at: DHR-Reasonable Accommodation Request Form (pdf) You may complete the form and return it to your department's HR Administrator. Your department or agency will review your request and may forward it to the Reasonable Accommodation Committee for an advisory opinion. If you are dissatisfied with the response to your request, there is an appeals process.
For more information on the State's Reasonable Accommodation Policies and procedures, please reference Personnel Policies and Procedures listed below: