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Disabilities Information for Faculty and Staff

As an equal opportunity employer the University is committed to taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities. This includes the commitment to make reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitation of otherwise qualified individuals.

If you are a faculty or staff member with a disability who would like to request an accommodation direct your request to your department chair (faculty), you supervisor (staff), or your department's human resources contact. While you can request an accommodation in many different ways, including verbally and through e-mail, it may be useful to review and fill out  this form to gather the information necessary to make your request. If, after making your request you need further assistance you can contact Lynnett Van Slyke, University Intercessor and Director of Disability Compliance at 585-275-9125 or via e-mail at

If you are a supervisor and have had an employee request an accommodation and are uncertain how to respond, you should call your department's human resources contact for assistance.  Please note that a supervisor should never contact an employee's physician or other health care provider to request medical information or documentation related to an employee’s request for an accommodation because, under applicable disabilities law, it is unlawful for supervisors or managers to make such requests.  However, with the consent of the employee requesting the accommodation, staff in the Office of Human Resources will make contact with health care providers to obtain needed medical documentation in order for them to assist you with assessing the appropriate reasonable accommodation. 

If you have been out of work due to a disability and are planning to return the staff in the Return to Work unit of the Office of Human Resources are able to answer questions or concerns that you may have. For more information on the resources available in that area contact Deb Martin, Return to Work Manager at 585-276-5135 or via e-mail at

In addition to the expertise in Human Resources, the following external sources of information on disabilities related issues may be valuable to you.

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) 

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.


EARN is a resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, and retain qualified employees with disabilities. The EARN site has great resources related to


Accommodations Ideas by Occupation or Industry

EEOC Disability information specific to Health Care Workers

Accommodations Ideas by Disability