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Disabilities (Employees)

 An 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 an impairment; or
  • Is regarded as having such an impairment.

Effective January 1, 2009, the federal ADA Amendments Act (ADAA) emphasized that the definition of disability should be broadly interpreted. Among other things, in determining whether an individual has a disability, UWM should not consider the ameliorating effects of mitigating measures (other than ordinary eyeglasses or contact lenses).  The ADAA also clarified that an impairment that is episodic in nature, or in remission, is a disability if it would substantially limit a major life activity when active. 

UWM is required to reasonably accommodate the known disability of a qualified applicant/employee if it would not impose an “undue hardship” on UWM’s operation.  Reasonable accommodations are adjustments or modifications provided by UWM to enable an individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of his or her position.  Accommodations vary depending upon the needs of the individual applicant/employee.  


Overview from UW System General Counsel’s Office


UW System Board of Regents Policy 14-10 (Nondiscrimination on Basis of Disability)


UWM Reasonable Accommodations Policies and Procedures 

UWM Employee Accommodation Request Form


UWM ADA Advisory Committee


Job Accommodation Network

An online resource for workplace accommodation solutions


Federal Laws 

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973


Prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by entities which receive federal financial assistance


Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

Prohibits disability discrimination by employers with 15 or more employees


State Law


Wisconsin Fair Employment Act (WFEA) (Wis. Stat. 111.31 et seq.)

Prohibits employment discrimination against qualified individuals by reason of disability