Laws, Regulations and UTEP Policy
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and ADA Amendment Act (ADAAA) of 2008
“Individual with a disability” is a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such impairment.
“Accommodation” is defined as a reasonable modification or adjustment to the job application process or the work environment that enables a qualified person with a disability to perform the essential functions of that job.
Reasonable accommodation might include, for example, making the workplace accessible to wheelchair users or providing a reader or interpreter for someone who is blind or hearing impaired.
Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Requires covered federal government contractors and subcontractors to take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities. Invitation for self-identification at pre-offer and post-offer phases of the application process.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Prohibits discrimination based on disability in programs/activities that receive federal funding.
Employment (Title I)
Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits private employers, State and local governments, employment agencies and labor unions from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. The ADA covers employers with 15 or more employees, including State and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies and to labor organizations.
State and Local Governments (Title II)
Title II applies to State and local government entities, and, in subtitle A, protects qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination on the basis of disability in services, programs, and activities provided by State and local government entities. Title II extends the prohibition on discrimination established by section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, 29 U.S.C. 794, to all activities of State and local governments regardless of whether these entities receive Federal financial assistance.