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ADA Workplace Accommodations

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.

A reasonable accommodation is any modification or adjustment to a job or the work environment that will enable a qualified applicant or employee with a disability to participate in the application process or to perform essential job functions.

Reasonable accommodations also include adjustments to assure that a qualified individual with a disability has rights and privileges in employment equal to those of employees without disabilities.  Reasonable accommodations do not change the fundamental elements of a program or eliminate the essential functions of a job.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to the application or hiring process, to the job, to the way the job is done, or the work environment that allows a person with a disability who is qualified for the job to perform the essential functions of that job and enjoy equal employment opportunities.  Accommodations may generally be considered “reasonable” if they do not create an undue hardship or a direct threat.

Employees with a variety of impairments may have difficulty traveling on the job. In some jobs, traveling is an essential part of the job; therefore, the employee needs to be able to travel to be qualified for his/her position. In other jobs, employees may travel, but there are other ways to perform the job without traveling.

When an employer requires on-the-job travel, accommodations, such as alternative methods of transportation, may be requested. Accommodations may generally be considered “reasonable” if they do not create an undue hardship or direct threat.

Employees (including students in the workplace) can request an ADA accommodation by following these 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 540-231-2990.

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 the ADA office at

Required forms for ADA Workplace or Travel accommodation requests can be found here.

Disability-related information is protected health information. Disability-related information must be filed with the appropriate offices, including ADA and Accessibility Services (for employees) and Services for Students with Disabilities (for students).

Contact Information:

North End Center, Suite 2300 (0150)
300 Turner Street NW
Blacksburg, VA 24061