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Reasonable Accommodations

Advocacy programs have a legal responsibility to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations to people with disabilities.

Accommodations are considered reasonable if they do not place an undue hardship on the organization. An example of undue hardship would include someone requesting that a second floor bedroom be made accessible. In that case, a program could provide a ground floor bedroom as an alternative. In general, do your best to meet a person’s need, even if you cannot meet a specific request. For help in determining if a request is reasonable, contact one of the organizations on the resources page.

Accommodations are considered appropriate if they meet the need associated with the person’s disability. Note that you do not need to know what the disability is to know if an accommodation meets someone’s needs.

An example of a reasonable accommodation would be to provide an interpreter for a Deaf person, or to meet with someone at an alternative location if your office was not accessible to them.

Other examples of reasonable modifications can be found at http://www.ada.gov/taman3.html