Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination in the workplace. The ADA makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a qualified individual because of a disability in any employment practices - such as, recruiting, hiring, firing, pay, promotions, and all other employment-related activities. DPS provides reasonable accommodations, if needed, to perform essential functions of a job.
An individual with a disability may require an accommodation to perform the essential functions of their job. Depending on the circumstances, some accommodations could include:
- Making existing facilities readily accessible and usable by individuals with disabilities
- Modifying a work schedule, such as including more frequent breaks
- Acquiring or modifying equipment or devices, such as a headset or a sit/stand desk
- Providing a qualified reader or interpreter
*These are only examples. The accommodations that can be made in your case may depend on the nature of your disability, your school or location, and other factors.
How to Request an Accommodation
- Complete the Employee Request for Accommodation
- Have your physician complete the Medical Verification Form
- Send the completed forms, along with a description of the accommodations you’re requesting (if possible), to the HR Disability Management Team:
Human Resources Leave of Absence
Fax: (720) 423-3853
- The Leave of Absence team will begin the interactive process to discuss accommodations. The first step will be to schedule a meeting with you.
Questions? Call the Leave of Absence team: 720-423-3092
The interactive process begins with a meeting that includes you, your supervisor or principal, the HR Partner for your location, and a member from the HR Disability Management Team. During the meeting, you will discuss the accommodations that can be made. The interactive process meeting usually takes about an hour. Every situation is unique, so depending on the circumstances, it may or may not be possible to make a decision during this meeting.
The HR Disability Management Team should receive your accommodation requests prior to the meeting, if possible. This gives all parties involved a chance to review and determine what accommodations can be met or come up with other alternatives.
A disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits a major life activity or bodily function.
Major Life Activity
A major life activity can include seeing, hearing, walking, performing manual tasks, communicating, working, or other activities
Major Bodily Functions
A major bodily function can include the immune system, digestive system, respiratory system, and other functions.
Substantially limiting is defined without regard to any “ameliorative effects” (or, remedial conditions) of mitigating measures, such as medication, prosthetics, hearing aids, mobility devices, or any other types of medical assistance. For example, the use of a sit/stand desk due to a spinal injury is still considered a substantially limiting disability with or without the desk.