Individuals with Disabilities

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability, and protects qualified applicants and employees with disabilities from discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, job training, fringe benefits, and other aspects of employment. The law also requires that covered entities provide qualified applicants and employees with disabilities with reasonable accommodations that do not impose undue hardship.

Definition of a Disability: A person is disabled if he or she has a physical or mental disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such impairment under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990. Such impairments may limit one or more major life activities such as, but not limited to, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, working, or learning. Conditions considered disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • AIDS
  • Alcoholism
  • Blindness or Visual Impairment
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Deafness or Hearing Impairment
  • Diabetes
  • Drug Addiction
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart Disease
  • Mental or Emotional Illness
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Orthopedic
  • Perceptual Disabilities; such as Dyslexia
  • Minimal Brain Dysfunction, Developmental
  • Aphasia, or Speech Impairment

Self-Identification of a Disability: Employees who have a disability and wish to self-identify, please download the following applicable form:

Adobe PDFSelf-Identification Form: This form is used by the employee to notify RIC that he/she has a disability. The data is reported to the State of RI for data collection and analysis purposes, but it will not initiate a request for reasonable accommodation. Employees who file this form will receive a confirmation that the form was received by State of RI Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity along with information regarding the employees’ rights.

Request for Reasonable Accommodation: Employee who wish to request reasonable accommodations, please down load the following applicable forms:

Adobe PDFEmployee Self-Identification of Disability & Request for Reasonable Accommodations: This form is used by the employee to notify RIC that he/she has a disability and to request reasonable accommodation and needs assessment. Upon request, verification of disabling condition must be obtained from your physician.

Adobe PDFMedical Inquiry Form: This form is completed by the employees’ physician. The completed form will assist the ADA Coordinator to clarify any impairment, determine accommodation needs and effective options. Please note that the Medical Inquiry Form may or may not be required and consultation with the ADA Coordinator to determine its necessity is recommended.

Where to Submit Completed Forms: Please return completed forms to Maggie Sullivan, ADA Coordinator, Rhode Island College, Office of Human Resources, Roberts Hall Room 303. Upon receipt of a request for accommodation, the ADA Coordinator will open a dialogue with the employee and appropriate supervisor/administrator as needed to explore all reasonable accommodations. To request a consultation with the ADA Coordinator, please call 401-456-8216.

For information regarding Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and/or The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended visit their website.

NOTE: TO EXPLORE STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES: Contact the Disabilities Service Center at 401-456-2776 or visit their website.

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Page last updated: Thursday, September 24, 2015