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Return to Work ADA 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.

If an employee's medical provider indicates the employee may return to work with any medical restrictions, light duty or modified duty, the employee must request an ADA accommodation request in order to return to work with the recommended restrictions.  This includes employees on Family Medical Leave Act, Workers Compensation, Short Term Disability, and/or Long Term Disability Working.  For more information regarding benefits or leave, please contact 

Please keep in mind the interactive process generally requires 15 business days to complete. In order to effectively assist the employee, the employee should generally contact our office immediately once notified they will have medical restrictions upon return to work or to address any questions or concerns.

Employees with medical restrictions and working with Human Resources to apply for Long Term Disability Working must request an ADA accommodation request.  Required ADA forms can be found on this website.

ADA Reasonable Accommodations authorized for Long Term Disability Working must be reviewed every 30 days.

For more information regarding Long Term Disability Working, please contact

All employees initiating a Short Term Disability Claim with the Human Resources should be provided the required ADA request forms.

Employees with medical restrictions (including students returning to 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 on this website.

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