The University of Washington's disability accommodation process is designed to explore reasonable accommodations for staff and faculty with medical conditions or disabilities. Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis as part of a cooperative effort between the employee and appropriate University personnel, including the Disability Services Office.
If you believe that a medical condition is affecting your ability to perform your job, you can begin the interactive process of requesting accommodation by discussing your needs with your supervisor, contacting your Human Resources Consultant (staff employees only), or by contacting the Disability Services Office. You are not required to disclose to your immediate supervisor the medical basis for a requested accommodation.
For detailed information on the accommodation request process, view the University's Accommodation Request Process for Employees and Appointees.
Accommodation request forms
To begin the accommodation request process you may use the Accommodation Request For Disability or Serious Medical Condition form.
Click the link to download and print the Accommodation Request For Disability or Serious Medical Condition form, or contact the Disability Services Office to request the form be sent to you.
Health Care Provider Statement
You will generally be asked to submit a Health Care Provider Statement in addition to the accommodation request form. There are several Health Care Provider Statement options depending on the nature of your condition(s) and the type of accommodation you are requesting.
- Complete Health Care Provider Statement
- Use this form if there are multiple diagnoses or a combination of physical and cognitive/mental medical issues, with or without the need for disability parking. If you are uncertain which version of the form to use, use the complete Health Care Provider Statement.
- Cognitive Section Only
- Use this form if you are requesting accommodation based on a cognitive/mental health condition and you do not need disabled parking.
- Cognitive & Parking Sections
- Use this form if you are requesting accommodation based on a cognitive/mental health condition and you need disabled parking.
- Physical Section Only
- Use this form if you are requesting accommodation based on a physical disability/medical condition and you do not need disabled parking.
- Physical and Parking Sections
- Use this form if you are requesting accommodation based on a physical disability/medical condition and you need disabled parking.
- Parking Section Only
- Use this form if you only need to request disability parking and/or alternative transportation (Dial-A-Ride)
If you cannot download and print the forms, or you need assistance with them, please contact the Disability Services Office.
If you are experiencing pain and discomfort while performing your job duties, contact your health care provider. If the pain and discomfort is job related, report the issue to your supervisor as soon as possible and complete the UW Incident/Accident Reporting Process.
As with other workplace health and safety issues, responsibility for providing an ergonomically suitable work environment rests with the employing department. UW Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) provides guidance on ergonomics issues. For further information, contact EH&S at 206-543-7388.