Individuals with physical or mental impairments who are otherwise qualified to perform assigned work or pursue academic studies may request reasonable accommodations to enable the individuals to work or continue academic studies. The Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and Iowa's Civil Rights Act enable covered individuals to receive accommodations so long as the accommodations are reasonable and do not cause undue hardship or fundamentally alter an academic program. An individual's specific request for accommodation may not necessarily be granted if there are other effective means of achieving the same result. Documentation may be required to substantiate the need for accommodation.
For graduate students:
Regarding apprenticeship accomodation, the process of applying for admission to a graduate program or for assistantships (e.g., ASL interpreter, accessible building location), requires contacting the Student Accessibility Services Office. For ensuring success in an assistantship to which you have been appointed, contact:
At present, the forms that must be completed for an assistantship accommodation are the same as those required for an employee workplace accommodation (Disability Accommodation Request and Documentation of Disability). The forms can be found at: https://www.hr.iastate.edu/Forms/workplace-health---safety
Regarding academic accomodation, The Student Accessibility Services Office (SAS) supports students with disabilities related to the services and programs that enable access to education and university life. SAS assists students in obtaining accommodations needed to succeed in their classwork, internships, and participation in campus activities (see above for accommodations in paid assistantship duties). Students interested in applying for services should begin the process by reviewing our New Student Information and completing the online Registration Form.
Inquiries regarding ergonomics may be directed to Environmental Health and Safety.
Complaints regarding disability accommodation can be filed with the Office of Equal Opportunity.