How Can I Access Accommodations For My Disability?
Please explore our website for resources in regard to education, advocacy, and work. Also, the story of one nursing student’s accommodations in a baccalaureate nursing program may be of interest to you: Open the Door, Get ‘Em a Locker. In addition, you also need to access your agency or university policies concerning disabilities; this may be found on their website.
- Learning about the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will help you to understand how the ADAAA broadens coverage for many individuals.
You do not have to disclose your disability to anyone but if you seek accommodations, you must disclose to the Disability Services Officer at your agency or university. Documentation from a health care professional about the nature of your disability may be required. If you are a student, you will work with the Disability Services Officer and nursing faculty to determine relevant accommodations to meet your learning needs. During this process, the accommodations selected must not impose undue hardship on the nursing program or compromise its integrity.
You may also want to contact these resources, according to your specific needs:
- For protection, advocacy, and legal assistance, contact your state National Disability Rights Network. Be sure to click on your state so that you get relevant and timely information.
- For assistance with the ADA, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Centers. Learning about the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will help you to understand how the ADAAA broadens coverage for many individuals.
- For connections with people with disabilities in your community, contact your local Center for Independent Living.
- For information about activism, contact your local adapt organization.
- For information about how to get a job or get through school, contact your State Vocational Rehabilitation Program.
Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.