US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
National Institutes of Health
OFFICE OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
AND DIVERSTIY MANAGEMENT
Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation
An accommodation is a change involving the workplace that enables a person with a disability to enjoy equal employment opportunities. Reasonable accommodations remove barriers that prevent people with disabilities from applying for, or performing jobs for which they are qualified. It enables agencies to expand the pool of qualified workers thus allowing the agencies to benefit from the talents of people who might otherwise be arbitrarily barred from employment.
There are Three Categories of Reasonable Accommodation:
Procedures for Requesting Reasonable Accommodation
Procedures for requesting reasonable accommodation are being revised by EEOC and will soon be available to all NIH Institutes and Centers. Each IC may be able to adopt its own procedures. However, all procedures must comply with the requirements set forth in EEOC's Policy Guidance No. 915.002, Establishing Procedures to Facilitate the Provisions of Reasonable Accommodation and Executive Order 13164. Until they are available, employees are encouraged to utilize EEOC Policy Guidance No. 915.002. Requests for accommodation can be made to the requester's immediate supervisor either verbally or in writing.
However, it is strongly advised that the requester and supervisor maintain a written copy of each request.
EEOC Policy Guidance No. 915.003 can be found at:
NIH Policy Manual 2204 Reasonable Accommodations can be found at: