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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, and who is protected?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was created to ensure that people with disabilities are protected from discrimination and have an equal opportunity to utilize services and resources in our society. Other relevant laws are Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.

What is a reasonable accommodation for a disability?

Reasonable accommodations are adjustments to policies, procedures, or practices that allow a person with a disability to have an equal opportunity to participate in academics, employment, health care, or other University programs. Reasonable accommodations may include specialized equipment, auxiliary aids, policy modifications, academic adjustments or other accommodations that may be effective.

How do I request a reasonable accommodation for a disability?

  • Students: Students needing ADA accommodations should contact the Center for Disability and Access at 801-581-5020 or
  • Campus Employees: ADA accommodations for Campus faculty and staff are administered through Human Resources 801-581-2169 or
  • University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics (UUHC) Employees: ADA accommodations for UUHC employees are administered by UUHC Human Resources 801-581-6500 or
  • Patients and Visitors: University of Utah patients and visitors may request an ADA accommodation by contacting the OEO/AA at 801-581-8365 or

More information, including disability-related accommodation request forms can be found on the University’s Accessibility webpage:

Last Updated: 4/20/23