Reasonable Accommodation - About

The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) is currently in a "soft launch" of the NIH Reasonable Accommodation Program (NIH RAP). During the soft launch, EDI will only process non-Bargaining Unit employees’ requests for reasonable accommodation (RA). Once NIH has negotiated with the various NIH unions, EDI will begin processing all NIH employees’ RA requests, including those requested by Bargaining Unit employees.

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.

Ready to request an Accommodation?

Submitting a request means that you, or someone under your supervision, is in need of an accommodation to apply for a position, perform an essential job function, or simply have equal access to professional opportunities. By clicking the button below, you will begin creating a profile for your request. When you're done, 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.

Accessibility Consultants

Every NIH Institute or Center is paired with a skilled consultant to support and educate employees and managers through the reasonable accomodation request process. If you have questions or need resources, you can reach out to the EDI Accessibility Consultant partnered with your organization.

Alan Marcus

Alan Marcus

  • FIC
  • NEI
  • NIDA
  • NIMH
  • OD
Glenda Laventure

Glenda Laventure

  • NCI
  • NLM
  • NINR
Jessica Center

Jessica Center

  • CC
  • NIA
Rae Thomas

Rae Thomas

  • CIT
Regina Coleman

Regina Coleman

  • CSR
Stephon L. Scott

Stephon L. Scott
EDI Branch Chief, Access and Equity

Shileta Gorham

Shileta Gorham
Program Support Assistant