Disability

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a person is considered to have a disability if (1) they have a medical, physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as, but not limited to, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, performing manual tasks, walking, caring for oneself, learning, major bodily function; (2) has a record of such an impairment; or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment.

Reasonable Accommodation

A reasonable accommodation is any change or adjustment to a job or work environment that permits an otherwise qualified person with a disability to participate in the job application process, to perform the essential functions of a job, or to enjoy benefits and privileges of employment equal to those enjoyed by staff without disabilities and does not create an undue hardship for the employer.

What is "Reasonable Accommodation?"

Reasonable accommodation is any modification or adjustment to a job or the work environment that will enable a qualified applicant or employee with a disability to participate in the application process or to perform essential job functions. Reasonable accommodation also includes adjustments to assure that a qualified individual with a disability has rights and privileges in employment equal to those of employees without disabilities.

How much information does university need to explore and implement an accommodation?

Exploration and implementation of reasonable accommodation is done on an individualized basis and is an interactive process. The timeline will vary depending on the complexity of the case and available resources. Therefore, it is best to initiate your request as soon as you suspect you may need reasonable accommodation.

I am an employee with a mobility impairment. Do you provide transportation from my home to campus?

The university does not provide transportation from an employee's home. All employees are responsible for transporting themselves to and from campus.

Transportation and Parking Operations in conjunction with Disabilities Support Services offers Special Transportation Services for those community members with a documented disability and/or are injured. Transportation and Parking Operations operates a shuttle service according to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) in order to meet the needs of disabled/injured individuals. Transportation and Parking Operations may be contacted at 631-632-6418 OR 631-632-3741

Stony Brook University individuals who require Special Transportation Services in order to travel to/from the following Suffolk Transit Connection destinations may request such services through Suffolk County Accessible Transportation (SCAT) Services at (631) 738-1150 (voice) or (631) 981-0104 (TTY);

  • NYS Route 25A / Bennetts Road (Setauket)
  • NYS Route 25A / Gnarled Hollow Road (East Setauket)
  • Port Jefferson Village
  • Smith Haven Mall (near Dick's Sporting Goods)
  • NYS Route 347 & Hallock Road
  • Coventry Mall

What types of accommodation(s) are usually considered reasonable under the ADA?

Making facilities used by employees accessible to the disabled, acquisition or modification of equipment or devices, provision of readers or interpreters; or similar accommodations are generally considered reasonable. Each situation will be individually evaluated.

What types of accommodation does an employer not have to provide?

Personal use items needed in accomplishing daily activities on and off the job such as eyeglasses, hearing aids and wheel chairs need not be furnished by employers as a reasonable accommodation. In addition, an employer need not provide any requested accommodation if it presents an “undue” hardship to the employer.

What does undue hardship mean?

An undue hardship includes an action or accommodation requiring significant difficulty and expense taking into account the nature and cost of the accommodation, the financial resources of the facility, the number of employees of the facility, the effect the accommodation would have on the facility and the nature of the operations of the employer.

What, If any, accommodation will I receive?

Once Stony Brook determines that you would require accommodation we will engage in an interactive process with you to determine if any reasonable accommodation might be provided. We will make reasonable efforts to work with you and give consideration to your preference, however we may move forward with an alternative accommodation that is a less burdensome as long as it is appropriate and meets your needs.

How do I know what information is necessary to document my impairment(s) or provide suggested reasonable accommodation(s)?

If the impairment and/or safe and effective reasonable accommodation are not obvious, Stony Brook may require supporting documentation from a medical provider. We will only require documentation necessary to establish the impairment and determine the appropriate safe and effective reasonable accommodation.