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.