Q. Do I have to disclose to my supervisor if I have a medical condition or disability?
A. No. You do, however, need to make known to your supervisor your needs for accommodation/adjustment resulting from the medical condition or disability.
Q. What does it mean to register with Disability Resources and Services?
A. Registration means that we complete a process that defines roles and responsibilities for you and your supervisor in a confidential manner. We will ask you to complete some brief forms.
Q. I was just diagnosed with a chronic illness , and I'm learning how to cope with my new symptoms. How do I know if there is an accommodation to assist me?
A. Adjustment to a chronic medical diagnosis is challenging. One of those challenges is determining the impact of this condition on your job. DRS will work with you, your physician, and your supervisor to help determine what, if any, reasonable accommodation/adjustment is suitable, and then facilitate its implementation
Q. I've been out on a medical leave for surgery. Why should I contact DRS?
A. DRS can assist you and your physician to Return-to-Work at the earliest medically suitable point. In addition, DRS will work with your physician to define functional limitations upon return as well as any work hardening that is medically necessary.
Q. I have been having performance problems on the job, and I know it is related to my medical condition. Can my supervisor discipline me for this?
A. Your supervisor needs to address performance issues. DRS can help you and your supervisor differentiate issues related to a medical condition/disability from performance issues, as well as determine if an adjustment/accommodation is needed.
Q. Will my supervisor and co-workers know about my disability?
A. DRS is a confidential office. Your supervisors and co-workers will not receive diagnostic and/or treatment information from our office. You have the right to self-disclose to those with whom you feel comfortable.
Q. I was recently diagnosed with diabetes. Is that considered a disability?
A. Disability determination is not made by diagnosis alone. The functional limitations associated with that diagnosis are of greater importance in determining whether someone has a "disability" as defined by disability law.