The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) is currently launching the NIH Reasonable Accommodation Program (NIH RAP) for all NIH customers. The NIH RAP will implement NIH’s new Reasonable Accommodation Policy and Procedures as approved by the EEOC. EDI is prepared to provide guidance to NIH supervisors and employees on inquiries or requests regarding reasonable accommodation.
In accordance with established Equal Employment Opportunity and Non-discrimination law, the NIH has a legal obligation to provide reasonable accommodation(s) concerning the known physical or mental limitations of qualified employees, applicants, and visitors with disabilities unless it can be shown that such accommodation(s) would impose an undue hardship.
A Reasonable Accommodation is any change or modification in the work environment or in the way things are customarily done, including an exception to a particular office policy and/or procedures, which would enable a qualified individual with a disability to apply for a position, perform the essential functions of a position, and/or enjoy equal employment opportunities.
EDI has established a model RA program, staffed with skilled Accessibility Consultants (ACs) who work in collaboration with NIH managers and employees to provide well informed guidance and assistance with processing RA requests. The mission of the RA program is to ensure that the NIH provides every employee the requisite tools that will enable each and every employee to perform at their very best.
Submitting a request means that you have a disabling medical condition and are in need of an accommodation to perform an essential job function, apply for a position, or have equal access to the benefits and privileges of your employment at the NIH.
Ready to request an Accommodation?
Please download and complete a Reasonable Accommodation Confirmation Form. Return your completed form to the Reasonable Accommodation Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. An Accessibility Consultant (AC) will review your request carefully and initiate an interactive communication with you and/or your supervisor to facilitate an effective and timely processing of your request.
We are currently updating our Entellitrak online request portal to improve your customer experience. While this update is underway, the older version will be unavailable. If you have already submitted a request online, you do not need to submit a confirmation form. We apologize for any confusion, and look forward to launching the new and improved portal soon.
Every NIH Institute or Center is paired with a skilled consultant to support and educate employees and managers through the reasonable accommodation request process. If you have questions or need resources, you can reach out to the EDI Accessibility Consultant partnered with your organization.
If your Institute or Center does not currently have an assigned consultant, please contact email@example.com and a consultant will be assigned to work with you.
Branch Director, Access and Equity