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ADA Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

ADA Amendments Act of 2008

Auxiliary Aids and Services Examples include qualified interpreter, qualified reader, note-taker, taped text, transcription service, modification of equipment, relay service, Telephone Text Devices (TDD's) which are telecommunication devices for deaf or hearing impaired, large print, Braille or written, telephone amplifier, listening system, open and closed captioning, audio recording, computer terminal, speech synthesizer, communication board. Note: The type of service needed will vary from case to case.
Direct Threat A direct threat is a significant risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of the individual or others that cannot be eliminated or reduced by reasonable accommodation. For example, an employee with a communicable disease may constitute a direct threat. UTMB has the burden of establishing whether a direct threat exists. Approval of the ADA Coordinator must be obtained in order to use "direct threat" as the basis for an employment or program action.
Disability A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a record of such impairment, or being regarded as having such impairment.
Essential Functions

fundamental job duties of the employment position that an individual holds or desires.  The term essential function does not include marginal functions of the position.

Facility Building or site owned, leased, used, or controlled by UTMB.
Major Life Activity

A major life activity is an activity of central importance to daily life.  Walking, sitting, standing, lifting, reaching, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working are examples of major life activities along with major bodily functions inclusive of but not limited to hemic, lymphatic, musculoskeletal, special sense organs and skin, genitourinary and cardiovascular functions as identified by the ADAAA.

Qualified Individual Individual with a disability who, with or without a reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential job functions of the employment position the individual holds or desires. A qualified individual cannot be someone currently engaging in the illegal use of drugs, but can be someone who no longer illegally uses drugs and who has been successfully rehabilitated or is currently in the process of supervised rehabilitation
Reasonable Accommodation

Change or modification that enables a qualified individual with a disability to enjoy equal opportunity and/or access. Reasonable accommodation is required for persons with known physical or mental limitations arising from disabilities. UTMB is not required to provide “best” or “most desired” accommodation; the University can meet this obligation as long as its proposed accommodations are sufficient to satisfy the employment, learning or accessibility needs of the employee or student. Whether a proposed accommodation is reasonable will be determined by the ADA Coordinator. Accommodations that constitute an undue hardship are not reasonable.  Leave may be considered as a reasonable accommodation in consideration of the Americans with Disability Act.

Record of Impairment An individual with history of a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. This includes persons who have had a disabling impairment but have recovered in whole or in part and are not now substantially limited. Also included are persons who are not, and may have never actually been, impaired but nonetheless have been misclassified as having a disability.
Regarded as Disabled

The individual has been subjected to an action prohibited by the ADA as amended because of an actual or perceived impairment that is not both “transitory and minor.”

Substantially Limits

The ADAA provides that a disability should be construed “broadly” in favor of expansive coverage.  An impairment is a disability if it substantially limits the ability of an individual to perform a major life activity as compared to most people in the general population.

Undue Hardship

Accommodation that would be unduly costly, substantial, or disruptive, or that would fundamentally alter the nature or operation of a university department, program, service, or activity.

The ADA Coordinator will engage in the interactive process to determine if undue hardship exists.

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