Disability Access

Old Dominion University Research Foundation (ODU Research Foundation) welcomes applicants, employees, students, consultants, vendors, business collaborators and temporary workers with disabilities. The Research Foundation expects an accessible, welcoming working and learning environment for individuals with disabilities while ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

ODU Research Foundation is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and to a program of affirmative action. We pledge our full support to equal employment opportunity for all persons, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical and/or mental disability, genetic information, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status.

Affirmative Action

Recognizing that equal employment opportunity can best be achieved through demonstrated leadership and aggressive implementation of a viable Affirmative Action Plan, our Program features such a Plan which sets forth specific equal employment opportunity and affirmative action responsibilities for management and for all employees. We also expect that all employees will demonstrate sensitivity to and respect for all other employees and demonstrate commitment to our equal employment opportunity and affirmative action objectives.

Additionally, our organization’s letter of commitment is displayed in prominent places throughout the company, (bulletin boards, web page, intranet, etc.) which are readily accessible to all employees and to job applicants.

The ODU Research Foundation reaffirms its dedication to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and will make consistent good faith efforts to attain the goals and to comply with the standards established pursuant to under Executive Orders 11246 and 11141 as well as Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, and Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended. We advise our employment sources, subcontractors, suppliers and vendors of their obligation to take affirmative action to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

The Human Resources department of the ODU Research Foundation serves as a central resource on disability-related information, procedures and services for the community and provides expertise in the development, implementation, and acquisition of standard disability-related practices, procedures and resources. To inquire about accessibility or request accommodations, please contact Hope Fowler, Director of Human Resources/EEO Coordinator by email at hfowler@odu.edu or by phone at 757-683-7238.

As part of our commitment to equal opportunity we strive to promote an accessible workplace for all employees, not only physically, but digitally, through accessible workplace technologies, including an accessible online application system.

ADA Compliance

Provide applicants and employees with disabilities with reasonable accommodation, except where such an accommodation would create an undue hardship on the ODU Research Foundation or present a direct threat to the health or safety of that individual or others. Reasonable accommodation may include, but is not limited to: making existing facilities used by employees readily accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities; job restructuring, modifying work schedules, reassignment to a vacant position, acquiring equipment or devices, adjusting or modifying examinations, training materials, or policies, and providing qualified readers or interpreters. Undue hardship means an accommodation would require significant difficulty or expense.

Procedure For Requesting An Accommodation

The Human Resources department offers a wide variety of accommodations and supports to employees based on their individual needs so they will have equal access to the ODU Research Foundation environment. Human Resources also works collaboratively with partners across departments to ensure that all aspects of the work environment are inclusive in nature.

Qualified individuals with a disability by ADAAA definition, with an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a record of such impairment, or being regarded as having such an impairment, may make requests for reasonable accommodation to the ODU Research Foundation’s Human Resources Department. Upon receipt of an accommodation request, the human resource representative will meet with the requesting individual to discuss and identify the precise limitations resulting from the disability and the potential accommodation the ODU Research Foundation might make to help overcome those limitations. The ODU Research Foundation Human Resources Department, in conjunction with appropriate management representatives identified as having a need to know (e.g., the individual’s supervisor/department head), will determine the feasibility of the requested accommodation, considering various factors, including, but not limited to, the nature and cost of the accommodation, the availability of tax credits and deductions, outside funding, the facility’s overall financial resources and organization, and the accommodation’s impact on the operation of the facility, including its impact on the ability of other employees to perform their duties and on the facility’s ability to conduct business.

The ODU Research Foundation is committed to the principle that no qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefit of services, programs or activities at the Research Foundation. The Accessibility and Disability Service through the Human Resources EEO Coordinator provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals to ensure equal access to services, programs and activities sponsored by the Research Foundation.

Through the variety of services offered, we work to ensure that your accommodation, and accessibility needs are met. The Human Resources Office is staffed by dedicated professionals who are available to assist, consult, support, and advocate on behalf of individuals requesting disability services.

ODU Research Foundation is committed to providing accessible technology and other disability resources. Computers, learning platforms, web pages, multimedia content and applications should be accessible to everyone including individuals with disabilities. The ODU Research Foundation works to comply with accessibility standards, to enable all users to fully participate. By establishing an accessibility and compliance program and keeping up to date with current trends in technology, learning platforms and web development, ODU Research Foundation is addressing the needs of all applicants and employees ensuring access.

Employees with disabilities add to the diversity of the workplace community. In order to create an inclusive organization, it is important to be aware of architectural, attitudinal, communication, and program barriers that may exist, and to remove or lessen those barriers to insure individuals with disabilities meaningful access to the programs, services, and benefits offered at ODU Research Foundation. The biggest barriers people with disabilities often face, and the hardest barriers to remove, are the attitudes and assumptions of others.

We’re Committed To Easy Access For Everyone

ODU Research Foundation is committed to making our website as accessible as possible to people with special needs, including those with visual, hearing, cognitive and motor impairments. We’re constantly working towards improving the accessibility of our website to ensure we provide equal access to all of our users. We always make sure that our website follows accessibility best practices by following the principles of universal design. This ensures the site is flexible and adaptable to different users’ needs or preferences and is accessible through a variety of different technologies, including mobile devices or assistive technologies. All requests for interpreters or assistive technology services must be made to the Human Resources department.

ADA Accessible Metered Parking

The Disability Parking Spaces located in the garages/lots listed below require either meter payment OR display of a valid ODU permit, along with the state-issued Disability Parking Placard or License. Locate the space number near the ADA symbol on the pavement and pay the meter for the amount of time the vehicle will occupy the space. These metered spaces are located in:

  • Constant Center 43rd Garage
  • 4111 Monarch Way

Temporary Disability Permit

Any member of the campus community needing temporary parking arrangements due to mobility-related issues can come by the Transportation & Parking Services office to pick up a Temporary Disability Permit to park in designated disability parking spaces. Please note, an official letter or form from your doctor explaining the mobility limitation is required to obtain a Temporary Disability Permit. The official letter may be provided to Human Resources.