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Disability Accommodation

As required by law, the University complies with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its Amendments (2008) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, by providing accommodations to students, staff, and faculty with documented disabilities.

Reasonable Accommodation for Faculty and Staff

Any faculty or staff member interested in learning more about requesting a job accommodation for a disability may contact the UH Hilo EEO/AA office at (808) 932-7642 or eeoaa@hawaii.edu.

Employment accommodations for faculty may be requested by contacting the department or division chair, or the EEO/AA staff. Here at UH Hilo, job accommodations are available to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities to the extent that the accommodation is not an undue hardship to the University. In general, an accommodation is any change in the work environment that enables an individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of her or his position and have the benefits and privileges of employment that are enjoyed by employees without disabilities.

The following are examples of possible accommodations where modifications are made to the work environment or on how and when a job is performed:

  • making existing facilities accessible
  • job restructuring
  • modifying work schedules
  • acquiring or modifying equipment
  • modifying access to tests, training materials, or policies
  • providing qualified readers or interpreters.

Reasonable Accommodation for Students

The Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) does not handle student accommodation requests, please contact the Disability Services Office at (808) 932-7623 (V), (808) 932-7002 (TTY), or uds@hawaii.edu. 

Contact Information

General questions regarding ADA compliance of campus facilities, or access, should be directed to:

Jennifer Stotter
Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) Director
eeoaa@hawaii.edu
(808) 932-7642

Susan Shirachi
Disability Services Director
uds@hawaii.edu
(808) 932-7623 (V)
(808) 932-7002 (TTY)