OHSU will make reasonable accommodations for known physical or mental disabilities of an applicant or employee as well as known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition, such as lactation, unless the accommodation would cause an undue hardship.

Types of accommodations

The ADA defines disability as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.” The ADA applies to “a person who a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived as having such an impairment.”

OHSU works to ensure equal access and opportunity for all patients, visitors, students, and employees.

AAEO works with other departments across OHSU to oversee compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal and state laws and regulations related to accessibility. OHSU is an Equal Opportunity employer — and in compliance with Title IX, AAEO also oversees equal access for all students without regard to gender.


An employee who has a disability that impairs that person’s ability to perform the essential function of their job may contact AAEO to request a reasonable accommodation. AAEO implements a process to determine whether employees, patients, applicants and OHSU-sponsored event attendees are qualified for accommodations under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. If applicable, AAEO assesses what reasonable accommodations are available to assist requesting parties. 


Beginning January 1, 2020, Oregon Law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees and job applicants who have limitations related to pregnancy, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship. The new law applies to employers with at least six employees.

AAEO reviews request for employee and student accommodations for religious beliefs in a manner that is consistent with state and federal law.

If your safety is threatened due to a situation involving sexual misconduct, you may have a right to interim measures to provide safety accommodations. Contact or to find out more.

Learn more about reasonable accommodations

Accommodations process

For an overview of the Reasonable Accommodations Process, please see

Accommodations policies

Related policies


AAEO is here to help:

Communications expectations

At OHSU, we must clearly communicate information about reasonable accommodation. All publications and announcements (posters, flyers, newspaper ads, web announcements, registration materials, etc.) for OHSU-sponsored events on and off the main campus should contain the following statement:

If you have a disability and need an accommodation to attend or participate in this event please contact [insert the name and phone number of the department or organization responsible for the event] at least five business days prior to the event.

The following statement should appear on all OHSU publications (brochures, flyers, posters, etc.):

This information is available in alternative formats upon request. Please contact [name and phone number of the department or organization responsible for the publication.]

Read about Reasonable Accommodation (on O2)

Physical access

Report a physical barrier

Physical Access Committee

OHSU’s Physical Access Committee provides guidance to the OHSU on addressing or removing physical barriers that prevent people with disabilities from accessing OHSU services and programs. The PAC, which meets regularly, works with department across OHSU to help make OHSU more welcoming to people with disabilities.

Ergonomic assessment

For inquiries related to OHSU's ergonomics program, please contact Risk Management