ADA & Accessibility Services

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Virginia Tech is committed to equal opportunity in employment and education for individuals with disabilities and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended, the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, and other state and local laws that apply to individuals with disabilities.

The director for ADA and Accessibility Services, Pamela G. Vickers, is the university’s ADA and 504 coordinator,  and provides oversight of the employment accommodation process, physical accessibility, and programmatic accessibility for employees, students, and visitors.

The ADA provides protection from discrimination for individuals on the basis of disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act extends civil rights protection for people with disabilities to employment in the public and private sectors, transportation, public accommodations, services provided by state and local government, and telecommunications services. In addition to physical accessibility, the Americans with Disabilities Act mandates programmatic accessibility including electronic media and web pages.

For additonal information and to obtain necessary forms please see below:

The ADA states that no qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of the disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any public entity. 

The ADA requires public entities to make reasonable modifications in policies, practices, and/or procedures when the modifications are necessary to avoid discrimination on the basis of disability, unless the public entity can demonstrate that making the modifications would cause undue hardship or fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program, or activity.

Under the ADA, an “individual with a disability” is defined as any individual who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or has a record of such an impairment; or is regarded as having such an impairment.

ADA and Accessibility Services responds to requests for ADA workplace accommodations at Virginia Tech.  University Policy 4075 is in place to assist individuals requesting accommodations and requires that each employee submit the appropriate forms provided by our office.

The ADA workplace accommodation request consist of the following steps:

1)    Employee fills out medical release authorizing ADA and Accessibility Services to receive documents from medical provider.

2)    Employee provides cover letter and medical information request form to medical provider.

3)    Medical provider returns completed medical information request form to ADA and Accessibility Services by fax to 540-231-3830.

Required ADA forms can be found here.

When all required forms have been fully completed and returned, someone in ADA and Accessibility Services will contact you.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Gloria Hartley, ADA Accommodations Specialist, at 540-231-9751 or by email at ghartley@vt.edu.

This paperwork is for employees returning to work from leave with medical restrictions. If you are returning to work from leave without medical restrictions, please disregard.

The ADA Return to Work accommodation request consist of the following steps:

1)    Employee fills out medical release authorizing ADA and Accessibility Services to receive documents from medical provider.

2)    Employee provides cover letter, medical information request form, and return to work release form to medical provider.

3)    Medical provider returns completed medical information request form and return to work release form to ADA and Accessibility Services by fax to 540-231-3830. 

Required ADA forms can be found here.

When all required forms have been fully completed and returned, someone in ADA and Accessibility Services will contact you.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Gloria Hartley, ADA Accommodations Specialist, at 540-231-9751 or by email at ghartley@vt.edu.

Students who require an reasonable accommodation to participate in university activities should contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities here.