Common Employee Accommodations

Below you will find information regarding reasonable accommodations commonly used by employees.  Your eligibility for accessing these accommodations is determined through the DPRC registration, disability verification and intake processes.  Reasonable accommodations are defined as those changes or adaptations necessary for employees with qualifying disabilities to perform essential job functions. Please note that all reasonable accommodations are individualized based on your needs on the job and the nature of your individual disability.  This list is intended to give you a general sense of what the DPRC may provide, and may or may not include the individual accommodation that will work best for you.

Your eligibility for accessing these and any other individualized accommodations is determined through the DPRC registration, disability verification and intake processes.  If you are interested in requesting employment accommodations, please contact the DPRC at dprc@sfsu.edu or 415-338-2472.

Adaptive Technology

The DPRC coordinates all site licenses for adaptive software supported by the university. Training on adaptive computer software and hardware is available through the DPRC to students and employees with disabilities. Employees must first meet be determined eligible for Adaptive Technology before being referred for the training. The type and amount of training provided is determined on a case-by-case basis. Go to the Adaptive Technology page to learn how to access adaptive software and hardware on campus, as well as related adaptive technology training services.

Advocacy/Liaison with university faculty and staff

DPRC can also facilitate communication between you and your manager of record about potential reasonable accommodations.  If this is the case, please contact the DPRC at dprc@sfsu.edu or 415-338-2472.

Assistive Listening Device

An Assistive Listening Device (ALD) consists of a small, portable electronic transmitter and receiver--both of which are relatively unobtrusive.  The transmitter picks up a person's speech by microphone and sends it to the receiver by either an infrared or FM radio signal. If you are hard of hearing and you feel that you might benefit from using one of the DPRC’s ALDs, please contact the DPRC at dprc@sfsu.edu or 415-338-2472.

Classroom Relocation

If you are a faculty member and have a disability that impacts your ability to go to classroom locations that are far in distance, you may be eligible to have all your classes be in a more accessible location closer to your office.  If you feel that you may be eligible for this accommodation, please contact the DPRC at dprc@sfsu.edu or 415-338-2472. 

Computer-Aided Real-Time Transcription (CART)

CART, also known as Real-Time Captioning, which is an application of technology that has been used by court reporters for many years, involves the use of a trained stenographer, known as a CART Reporter, who transcribes spoken communication, such as classroom discussions and staff meetings, into conventional written English verbatim using specialized equipment and software. If you are hard-of-hearing and you feel that CART may be a possible reasonable accommodation solution, please contact the DPRC at dprc@sfsu.edu or 415-338-2472.

Document Conversion 

The DPRC provides conversion of materials into accessible formats for those who cannot access standard print. Go to the Accessible Media page to learn how to request accessible materials, such as text in a digital or audio format, or captioned multimedia.

Ergonomic Assessment

The DPRC can offer you some alternatives to standard office furniture if, due to your disability, you are not able to access what may already be available in your office.  If this is the case, you may be eligible to receive an ergonomic workstation assessment. For more information, please contact the DPRC at dprc@sfsu.edu or 415-338-2472.

Interpreting Services

The DPRC coordinates sign language interpreting services for Deafor Hard of Hearing employees at SF State in the workplace, during staff meetings, and other campus activities. Go to the Interpreting Services page to learn about our Interpreting Services.

Job Restructuring

Although job restructuring is not a common accommodation provided to faculty and staff employees, it is sometimes appropriate to consider modifying or altering certain job functions based on the need for reasonable accommodations. For more information about this accommodation, please contact the DPRC at dprc@sfsu.edu or 415-338-2472.

Media Captioning

The DPRC works diligently to ensure that all multimedia used at SF State is captioned for Deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Go to the Captioning Services page to learn more about captioning services.

Modified Work Schedule

A modified schedule may involve adjusting arrival or departure times, providing periodic breaks, altering when certain functions are performed, allowing an employee to use accrued paid leave, or providing additional unpaid leave, when appropriate to your essential job functions. For information about this accommodation, please contact the DPRC at dprc@sfsu.edu or 415-338-2472.

On-Campus Shuttle

If you are not able to walk long distances, the DPRC coordinates on-campus shuttle services from building to building on a pre-scheduled and call-in basis. Go to the On-Campus Shuttle page to learn how to arrange rides for the On-Campus Shuttle.

Parking

There are parking options for employees needing accessible parking for both DMV placard holders as well as those without a DMV placard. Go to the Parking page to learn how to request and obtain a permit for accessible on-campus parking spaces.

Scent-Free Environment

SF State makes every effort to promote a scent-free workplace. However if you have multiple chemical sensitivities, DPRC can facilitate communication between you and your manager of record about how to request that co-workers and other colleagues refrain from using scented products in the workplace. For more information, please contact the DPRC at dprc@sfsu.edu or 415-338-2472.

Student Assistant

If you have a disability that impacts your ability to perform certain physical tasks that are part of the essential functions of your job, you may be eligible for a student assistant as part of your reasonable accommodation. For more information, please contact the DPRC at dprc@sfsu.edu or 415-338-2472.