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Job Accommodation and the Interactive Process: The Faculty or Staff Member's Role

Learn about your role as a faculty or staff member arranging for a job accommodation if you are disabled or become disabled.

1. Contact an expert

For campus funded staff, contact UC San Diego Disability Counseling and Consulting, or for UC San Diego Health funded staff, contact (619) 543-3200 to:

  • Receive guidance on the job accommodation process
  • Get assistance from a Disability Management Counselor

2. Request job accommodation

  • Inform your supervisor of the difficulties in performing your job.
  • Discuss job accommodation needs (verbally or in writing) with your disability management counselor.
  • Provide your supervisor with a written licensed treatment provider’s statement describing your job-related limitations (your disability management counselor does not require a medical diagnosis or treatment plans).
  • See your disability management counselor for the specific requirement guidelines.

3. Participate in interactive process meetings with your supervisor and Disability Management Counselor.

  • Compare your job-related restrictions with your job functions.
    • Consider whether your limitations are temporary or permanent, as indicated by your licensed treatment provider.
  • Identify reasonable accommodations to perform your job functions.
  • Discuss special job search assistance if you cannot perform your job functions.
  • Good faith effort and timely response.

4. Begin your job accommodation.

  • Follow up regularly with your supervisor and disability management counselor regarding the effectiveness of the accommodation.
  • If your accommodation is unsuccessful, continue the interactive process to evaluate other accommodations.
For more information, campus funded staff contact Disability Counseling and Consulting, or for Health System funded staff, contact (619) 543-3083 for further assistance.
Notice: The information on this page summarizes provisions of university policies and/or collective bargaining agreements. Refer to the Personnel Policies for Staff Members (PPSM) and local implementing procedures or applicable collective bargaining agreement for full text of referenced information.