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Disability Accommodation

Students & Employees: ADA Laws

The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 prevents discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability. Title II ADA requires newly designed and constructed or altered state and local government facilities, public accommodations, and commercial facilities to be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 applies to employers and organizations that receive financial assistance from any federal department or agency. Section 504 forbids organizations and employers from excluding or denying individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to receive program benefits and services.

 

Reasonable ADA Accommodations for Employees and Applicants Requiring Accommodations

The ADA requires that employers provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are either employees or applicants for employment, except when such accommodation would cause an undue hardship. An ADA accommodation is any change in the work environment, or in the way things are customarily done, that enables an individual with a disability related to a medical condition to enjoy equal employment opportunities. A reasonable accommodation will allow an employee to do his or her job despite having a disability. Employees and applicants may call to make arrangement to talk to the Director of ADA compliance should they have any questions about accommodations or the interactive process.

 

Employees seeking ADA accommodations must submit medical documentation and when applicable a position description to the Director of ADA Compliance. All the information provided by the individual is confidential.  The Director will begin the interactive process with the employee to determine the limitations created by the disability. Then the Director will determine whether or not the employee can perform the essential functions of the position with or without a reasonable accommodation. The University may deny a reasonable accommodation that creates an undue hardship or creates a direct threat to the individual. 

 If you have any questions about disabilities, accommodations, work place barriers, physical barriers, ADA training, web accessibility, grievances or simply want an opportunity to chat with the Director of ADA Compliance, please don’t hesitate to contact the ADA Compliance Office. We are always ready to assist you. 

Please Note:
 ADA Accommodations for UNF events are provided by the coordinator of that specific event; please contact your event's coordinator if ADA Accommodations are needed.

American Disability Act (ADA) Compliance Office Contact

1 UNF Drive,

Building 6,

Room 1314

Jacksonville, FL 32224

Phone: (904) 620-2870

Fax: (904) 620-2585 

ADA Compliance Webpage

                              

 
DRC Accommodations and Valuable Opportunities for Current and Prospective UNF Students with Disabilities and Veterans

 Current and Prospective Student Accommodations

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) provides reasonable accommodations to current and prospective students with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations are modifications or adjustments to the tasks, environments or to the way things are usually done that enable individuals with disability equal opportunity to participate in an academic program.  Broad categories of accommodations include changes to the application process to ensure an equal opportunity to apply for program enrollment, changes that enable a student with a disability to perform the essential functions of the academic program, and changes that enable a student with a disability to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of the program. Reasonable accommodations will be provided unless to do so would fundamentally alter the nature of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, and advantages offered by UNF.  An ADA accommodation may be denied if it results lead to an undue financial or administrative burden on the institution. Students may call to make arrangement to speak to a member of the DRC should they have any questions about accommodations or the interactive process.

 

The type of reasonable accommodations the university can provide depends on the individual needs of a student with a disability. The student is advised to disclose the disability, provide the appropriate documentation to the DRC and request a reasonable accommodation. It is the responsibility of students who seeks disability-related accommodations and services to provide written documentation of their disabilities. Documentation provided to the DRC will be kept confidential. The DRC staff will determine whether the student is eligible for services and if so, coordinate appropriate accommodations and services based on the documentation provided in addition to consultation with the student and other professionals, as appropriate. 

 

Providing accommodations based on disability does not compromise the essential elements of a course or curriculum; nor does it weaken the academic standards or integrity of a course. Accommodations simply provide an alternative way to accomplish the course requirements by eliminating or reducing disability-related barriers. Reasonable accommodations provide a level playing field, not an unfair advantage. The DRC staff look forward to meeting current and prospective students seeking reasonable ADA accommodations, please contact our office.


Student Scholarships

 

DRC staff can also provide you with information about scholarships for students with disabilities. Please ask for information about the Johnson Scholarship, Slade Scholarship, and other disability-related scholarships. 


Career Opportunities

 

UNF students who are registered with the DRC are eligible to apply for a variety of job-shadowing and internship sites. DRC staff members collaborate with professionals from Career Services to offer these exciting opportunities. Contact the DRC for more information. 
 

Additional Assistance for Military and Veterans

 

The Military and Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) provides assistance to military and veteran students in navigating admission, enrollment and financial aid processes. Led by the Director, the Military & Veterans Resource Center is the primary campus advocate for military and veteran students. MVRC works with students to ensure their unique needs are met by coordinating with offices of various university services. 

 

The MVRC is committed to ensuring that military and veteran students successfully make the transition from the military environment to campus life, and are assisted in their progress toward completing their academic degree. The Center also provides opportunities for peer to peer support, mentoring and social networking. We welcome volunteers from the veteran student community to work with their fellow veterans as mentors to assist them in achieving a successful academic experience.
  

Disability Resource Center (DRC)Office Contact

1 UNF Drive

College of Education & Human Services, Building 57  

Room 1500

Jacksonville, FL 32224

Phone: (904) 620-2769

Fax: (904) 620-3874

DRC Webpage

 

How to Register with the DRC through Clockwork

                    

Veteran's Affairs Office Contact  

1 UNF Drive

Military & Veterans Resource Center, 

Founders Hall Building 2, Suite 1100

Jacksonville FL 32224

Phone: (904) 620-5131

Fax: (904) 620-5900

Email contact: mvrc@unf.edu

Veteran's Affairs Office Webpage

       

Section 504

The regulation implementing Section 504, at 34 C.F.R. § 104.4, provides:

    (a).General. No qualified person with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity which receives Federal financial assistance.
    (b) Discriminatory actions prohibited: A recipient, in providing any aid, benefit, or service, may not, directly or through contractual, licensing, or other arrangements, on the basis of disability 
    •  (i) Deny a qualified person with a disability the opportunity to participate in or benefit from the aid, benefit, or service;    
    •  (ii) Afford a qualified person with a disability an opportunity to participate in or benefit from the aid, benefit, or service that is not equal to that afforded others;    
    •  (iii) Provide a qualified person with a disability with an aid, benefit, or service that is not as effective as that provided to others;    
    •  (iv) Provide different or separate aid, benefits, or services to persons or to any class of persons with disabilities unless such action is necessary to provide qualified persons with disabilities with aid, benefits, or services that are as effective as those provided to others;    
    •  (vii) Otherwise limit a qualified person with a disability in the enjoyment of any right, privilege, advantage, or opportunity enjoyed by others receiving an aid, benefit, or service.

    (4) A recipient may not, directly or through contractual or other arrangements, utilize criteria or methods of administration that (i) have the effect of subjecting qualified persons with disabilities to discrimination on the basis of disability, (ii) that have the purpose or effect of defeating or substantially impairing accomplishment of the objectives of the recipient's program or activity with respect to persons with disabilities.

 
UNF ADA Web Accessibility Statement

 

Mission:

UNF Aims to Meet ADA Web Compliance at WCAG 2.0 Levels A & AA

 

Web Accessibility and the Law

 “The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Pub. L. No. 101-336, 104 Stat. 327, codified at 42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq., prohibits state and local governments, and privately-owned "places of public accommodation" from discriminating against individuals with disabilities. 42 U.S.C. § 12182(a). Department of Justice regulations implementing the statute require that: A public accommodation shall take those steps that may be necessary to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated or otherwise treated differently than other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids and services, unless the public accommodation can demonstrate that taking those steps would fundamentally alter the nature of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations being offered or would result in an undue burden, i.e., significant difficulty or expense.”  28 C.F.R. § 36.303.uses the term "places of public accommodation," typically it would appear that the statute was written primarily with physical locations in mind. The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Civil Rights ruled that these provisions applied equally to Internet web sites and concluded that Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (pdf), codified at 29 U.S.C. § 794—which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in federally-funded educational programs and activities—applies to university web sites. Thus, UNF is mandated to comply with these laws.

UNF Goal

Our goal is to promote an ADA accessible web environment for our users to help ensure that as broad a population as possible may access and benefit from our services.  For web content published by the University of North Florida, it is our goal to comply with WCAG 2.0 level A &AA success criteria. Documents and archived web content on UNF's web pages will not be required to be accessible immediately.  However, if an individual needs access to documents or archive pages a request may be submitted, please use the contact information provided below.  Electronic accessibility is not a one-time effort.  Our aim is to fuse into every internet technology and purchase of technology products accessibility compliance.  It is an on-going effort which will require collaboration with all departments, continuous work, and support to balance the academic and administrative needs with the constraints of available resources. Continuity is imperative for success. 

 

 A Short Summary of Best Practices

 

Web compliance is measured on adherence to WCAG 2.0 level AA success criteria. A quick summary of some of these success criteria include the following: 

  • Color is not used as a navigational tool or as the sole way to differentiate items.
  •  Descriptive alternative (alt) text for is used for images, complex images and diagrams.
  •  The navigation and functional components of a webpage are not dependent on using a mouse, in other words, they are keyboard accessible.
  •  Web contents should be tagged to work with voice-control systems and transcripts.
  • Captions are provided for audio content.
For a complete list of WCAG 2.0 level AA success criteria, please refer to the ADA Web Accessibility homepage's WCAG 2.0 level AA checklist.

For Questions and Comments about ADA Web Compliance

 

Contact Either:

ADA Compliance by phone at (904) 620-2870 or by email at rrgonz@unf.edu.

UNF's Webmaster by email at webmaster@unf.edu. 

 

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