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Hutchinson Community College is committed to full compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibit discrimination against qualified persons with disabilities, as well as other federal and state laws pertaining to individuals with disabilities. Under the ADA and its amendments, a person has a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. The ADA also protects individuals who have a record of a substantially limiting impairment or who are regarded as disabled by the institution whether qualified or not. A substantial impairment is one that significantly limits or restricts a major life activity such as hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, performing manual tasks, walking, caring for oneself, learning, reading, concentrating, or thinking.

The Coordinator of Equity & Compliance, in cooperation with the Coordinator of Accessibility Services and the Director of Human Resources, has been designated as the ADA/504 Coordinator responsible for coordinating efforts to comply with these disability laws, including investigation of any grievance alleging noncompliance.
     

Additional Information

HutchCC Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Nondiscrimination Policy and Procedures.

ADA Definitions

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990

A civil rights law that expanded protections to people with disabilities in all aspects of life; which until then had been limited to The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, or State disability laws. With passage of the ADA people with disabilities are guaranteed equal opportunity in employment, services provided by state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications.

ADA Amendments Act of 2008

Amended the ADA by making changes as to how the definition of disability is interpreted, and was intended to provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities.

Disability

The term “disability” means, with respect to an individual: 1) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, 2) has a record of such impairment, or 3) being regarded as having such an impairment.

Ergonomics

The applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing fatigue and discomfort. Employers use this practice to prevent injury on the job. Ergonomic assessment adjustments may or may not be part of a reasonable accommodation. All employees (regardless of disability) are entitled to request an ergonomic assessment.

Essential functions

Functions that are fundamental to accomplishing the job. The employer will determine what functions of a job are essential. An individual must be able to perform the essential functions of a job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Interactive process

A flexible, interactive conversation that may be held between the employee and the employer to identify possible options for reasonable accommodation.

Major Life Activities

Examples include caring for oneself, seeing, walking, speaking, hearing, breathing, learning, communicating, or working; it also includes major bodily functions. The list is non-exhaustive; these are just some examples.

Qualified individual with a disability

An individual who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the employment position that such individual holds or desires.

Reasonable accommodation

A modification or adjustment that enables a person with a disability to apply for a job, perform the essential functions of a position, or to enjoy the same benefits and privileges of employment as other employees.

Substantially limited

An individual is substantially limited in a major life activity when limited in the ability to perform a major life activity in comparison to an average person in the general population.

Undue hardship

An action requiring significant difficulty or expense, when considering the resources and circumstances of the employer, in relationship to the cost or difficulty of providing a specific accommodation. Undue hardship refers not only to financial difficulty, but to reasonable accommodations that are unduly extensive, substantial, or disruptive, or those that would fundamentally alter the nature or operation of the business. An employer must assess on a case-by-case basis whether a particular reasonable accommodation would cause undue hardship.

Accommodation Request Process

Pursuant to the ADA, the College will provide reasonable accommodation(s) to all qualified employees with known disabilities, where their disability affects the performance of their essential job functions, except where doing so would be unduly disruptive or would result in an undue hardship.

An employee with a disability is responsible for requesting an accommodation in writing to the Director of Human Resources and provide appropriate documentation. The Director of Human Resources, in cooperation with the Coordinator of Equity & Compliance, will work with the employee’s supervisor to identify which essential functions of the position are affected by the employee’s disability and what reasonable accommodations could enable the employee to perform those duties.

Some common types of Reasonable Accommodations include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide adaptive equipment / technology
  • Modify schedules or grant leave of absence
  • Restructure job
  • Provide sign language interpreters or alternate forms of communication (ex.: braille, large print)
  • Modify policies or procedures
  • Improve access to physical space/facilities (barrier removal)

Reasonable Accommodation Procedures for Applicants

Applicants needing accommodation to enable them to participate in the recruitment, application, and selection process may direct their requests to Human Resources at 620-665-3495. The request should be made at least three (3) business days prior to the date of need.

Reasonable Accommodation Procedures for Employees

  • Accommodation requests may be directed to the Human Resources department by completing this Employee Accommodation Request Form.
    • Decisions regarding accommodation will not be delayed pending receipt of the completed request form.
    • When the need for accommodation is not obvious/visible, the employee may be required to submit supporting documentation regarding the impairment, the limitations resulting from the impairment, and the requested accommodation. 
    • Human Resources will review any supporting documentation to determine eligibility and evaluate the request. In doing so, a meeting with the employee and supervisor may be necessary.
    • After completing the initial review, Human Resources will respond to the accommodation request. The response will be provided as soon as practically possible but absent unusual circumstances not more than 30 business days after the request is made. The response will go to the employee and the employee’s supervisor.
    • Human Resources will work with the employee and the supervisor to determine reasonable accommodation options and/or implement any recommended accommodations.

Grievance Process

Please refer to the HutchCC Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Nondiscrimination Policy and Procedures for information regarding the grievance process. 
 


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Campus Visitors

Guests and Campus Visitors

Patrons with disabilities attending HutchCC sponsored functions requesting accommodations must contact the President's Office at 620-665-3505 at least 10 days prior to the event.

Tools

Equipment Loans

HutchCC has a variety of equipment available to students on a term-by-term basis. Approval is required. These loans let students try different approaches and are not meant for ongoing personal use. Please contact the Coordinator of Accessibility Services at accessibilityservices@hutchcc.edu to inquire about equipment loans.

  • Note Taking
    • Livescribe smart pens and dot paper
    • Olympus digital recorders
  • Test Taking
    • iPads
    • Sound canceling headphones
    • Read aloud software
  • Keypads
    • Enlarged keypad
    • Ergonomic keypad
  • Amplification
    • Zoomlink wireless hearing systems
    • Microphones
  • Writing
    • iPads
    • laptops with Read & Write
  • Math
    • Calculator
  • Concussion
    • Sunglasses


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Contact Information
LISA JOLLIFF
jolliffl@hutchcc.edu
620-665-3554
1-888-GO-HUTCH