How to Request Reasonable Accommodations
What Is a Reasonable Accommodation?
Reasonable Accommodation refers broadly to reasonable modifications of policies, practices, and procedures as necessary to ensure that persons with disabilities have the same opportunities as others in all programs, services, and benefits of the University at Buffalo.
Who Can Request a Reasonable Accommodation?
Anyone with a disability who needs reasonable accommodations to access education, employment, or any service or activity at UB should contact Accessibility Resources. Accessibility Resources staff will meet with you personally to review your accommodation request and verify that you have a disability that is consistent with your request.
Note: applicants for employment who wish to request reasonable accommodations for the application process should contact the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Administration by telephoning (716) 645-2266.
How Is Disability Verified?
You may be required to submit current and authoritative third-party information that verifies that you have a disability that is consistent with your request. The information should clearly explain how a mental or physical impairment substantially limits one or more of your major life activities or makes the reasonable accommodation you are requesting necessary for your equality of opportunity. Here are some examples:
- A letter from your doctor, therapist, or other healthcare professional containing information such as diagnosis, history and prognosis, functional limitations/medical restrictions, current treatment, prescription medications, or other pertinent facts.
- A comprehensive psychological assessment of learning disability or ADHD
- An educational record such as an IEP or Section 504 Plan that describes your disability and documents a history of special education or reasonable accommodations in high school. Note that many such educational records do not contain sufficient clinical information to support the accommodation request.