The Cornell Just-in-Time Toolkit for Managers

Tips, checklists, and resources to help managers lead a disability inclusive workforce.

Topic #10
Disability Resources for Cornell Managers:
You're Not Alone

A climate of trust at Cornell 

At Cornell, we are committed to ensuring that diversity fully includes disability. Managers play a key role in this effort by sustaining a climate of trust around disability on their teams. When applicants and employees have a sense of trust, they are more willing to come forward with a disability. At Cornell, it is important for us to provide disability accommodations to employees because it ensures people can perform at their best and helps us better achieve our diversity and inclusion goals.

As a manager, you are not alone

Given below are the services, systems and resources managers should draw upon for issues and questions related to disability at Cornell.

Starting an accommodation request at Cornell

To initiate a disability accommodation request at Cornell, contact Medical Leaves Administration at 607-255-1177 or 607.255.7066 (TTY). Medical Leaves Administration strives to be a "one-stop" shopping experience regarding disability accommodations and they can walk you through the various options.

To find out more about Cornell University's disability accommodation process, go to https://hr.cornell.edu/policies/all/disability_accommodation.html.

Cornell also offers a FAQ to address common questions. This document is available at https://hr.cornell.edu/policies/all/disability_accommodation_faqs.html

The Cornell Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP)

FSAP provides a range of confidential support services for employees experiencing a wide range of personal challenges. These services include referral, counseling, parental, family and education services. To find out more, go to http://fsap.cornell.edu or call 607-255-COPE (2673.

The Cornell Colleague Networking Group

Individuals with disabilities are the largest diversity population in our country today. Yet, they are often left out of workplace diversity efforts. But not at Cornell. The Cornell colleague networking group brings together Cornell employees who have a personal or professional interest in disability. To find out more, contact Cassandre Joseph in Cornell’s Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at 607-255-3976.

Flexible Workplace Policy

Accommodations can take many forms. At Cornell, a flexible workplace policy can enable employees with certain types of disabilities to work from a different location. To find out more, go to https://www.hr.cornell.edu/life/support/flexible_arrangements.html.

Veteran's Colleague Networking Group

Cornell values the contribution of veterans, including veterans with disabilities. Here are the Cornell resources for veterans and veterans with disabilities. The mission of the Cornell University Veterans Colleague Network Group is to raise the awareness of Veteran issues at the University; provide a forum for Veteran’s and their supporters to meet to discuss topics of mutual interest and concern; and to support the University’s recruitment and retention of Veterans at Cornell University. Contact Cassandre Joseph in the Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at 607-255-3976 for more information.

Cornell's Military Community page

Persons who have served or are currently serving in the military, ROTC, the Reserves or National Guard bring a unique perspective to the university. Whether entering Cornell University as a student, staff or faculty member, you have much to offer Cornell, and Cornell has much to offer you. To find out more, visit the Cornell Military Community Resources page. 

Commuter and Parking Services for Faculty and Staff with Disabilities

Cornell is continually working to improve accessibility on campus for all individuals. For Additional information please visit: http://sds.cornell.edu/Other_Accommodations/Transportation.html

Disability Information Clearinghouse

Cornell University is committed to diversity and inclusiveness with the goal of providing an accessible, usable and welcoming environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors with disabilities. This website serves as a resource and central clearinghouse on disability-related information for the Cornell community

To find out more go to: http://www.cornell.edu/disability/

The ADA National Network

The National ADA Network provides free and confidential consultation on any aspect of disability. In addition to workplace issues, the ADA Center responds to questions such as physical accessibility, disability and education, community issues, web accessibility, assistive technologies, legal updates, veteran’s issues and serving customers with disabilities. The Center also provides training, information dissemination and referral. To contact the ADA Center, call toll-free 800-949-4232 or go to adata.org.