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


Cornell University Resources

Human Resources Leadership

The Division of Human Resources and Safety Services fosters a safe, secure environment where the students, staff and faculty of Cornell can learn, work and live as a community to advance the university’s mission and purpose.  If you need support to address disability related issues for the staff you supervise, contact your HR representative:

Questions about working with people with disabilities?

Your local HR Manager at Cornell can support managers and employees with any questions they have regarding working with people with disabilities.

Medical Leaves Administration

Medical Leaves Administration in the Division of Human Resources at Cornell University helps coordinate many resources that can enhance the health and well-being of all faculty and staff and maximize the quality of working life while minimizing the impact of illness and disability.  At Cornell University, Medical Leaves Administration is responsible for providing disability accommodations and securing medical documentation of disability.  To initiate a disability accommodation at Cornell University contact Medical Leaves Administration:

Phone: (607) 255-1177

TTY:  (607) 255-7066


Disability Policy

Staff from Medical Leaves Administration are always willing to meet with faculty and staff regarding any medical leave or disability accommodation issues. In order to initiate a request for disability accommodation, you may fill out the Cover Page and Medical Verification Form and return those to Medical Leaves. However, if you would rather speak with someone from Medical Leaves before submitting a request, please contact us and we will be happy to further discuss your situation.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Disability Accommodation Process

This site provides answers to common questions about the disability accommodation process at Cornell University.

Faculty Staff Assistance Program

FSAP's professional staff offers free and confidential guidance and support to benefits-eligible employees and their partners to address issues that may be affecting their personal lives and/or job satisfaction or performance. The FSAP is part of Cornell's broad commitment to foster and support the mental health and well-being of the campus community.

Flexible Workplace Policy

Cornell University provides flexible work arrangements, at the discretion of department heads or their designees, to enable staff and management to serve customers well, meet university goals, and balance personal and professional responsibilities.

Diverse Communities

Cornell strives to create an environment that supports all aspects of diversity. The following programs and resources are available to support the specific needs of Cornell's diverse communities.

Disability Information

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.

Commuter and Parking Services for Faculty and Staff with Disabilities

Cornell is continually working to improve accessibility on campus for all individuals.

Technical Assistance

The ADA Center National Network

The ADA Center National Network consists of ten regional centers that provide the most complete up-to-date information, referrals, resources and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act.  This Network serves a variety of users:  businesses, employers, government entities, individuals and the media. 

U.S. Business Leadership Network

This is the site of the national Business Leadership Network (USBLN). Utilizing a business-to-business strategy, the USBLN provides employers with a wealth of ideas and resources to explore disability inclusiveness in a no pressure environment. 

Research and Publications of National Organization on Disability on Leading Employment Practices

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) seeks to increase the participation and contribution of persons in the United States who have a disability. On this website you will find databases of studies that focus on individuals with disabilities, links to organizations and agencies that focus on the needs of those with disabilities, and general information about ADA compliance/practices.

Facts About the Americans with Disabilities Act

This federal document provides an overview of the ADA responsibilities of employers.

FAQ for The Rehabilitation Act Section 503

The Rehabilitation Act (RA) Section 503 applies to disability inclusive practices for employers who are federal contractors or subcontractors.  New rules for RA Section 503 make these employers new accountabilities for disability inclusiveness in the workplace.  This document gives an overview of the new rules for employers.

Enforcement Guidance: Reasonable Accommodation and Undue Hardship Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

This federal document outlines the responsibilities of employers in providing reasonable accommodations in the workplace.

Diversity and the ADA

The brief Diversity and the ADA looks at the intersection between workplace diversity programs and the ADA.

Employment and Disability Institute

This site for Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute, has links to training, technical assistance, research projects, and publications related to the employment of persons with disabilities.

Disability and HR: Tips for Human Resource Professionals

This series of free, downloadable briefs cover a wide range of topics related to disability and employment, including diversity, accommodation, unions, quality assurance, safety issues and others.

Disability Statistics

This Cornell University site offers a rich variety of statistics around many aspects of disability in the U.S.  In addition to getting prevalence and employment data, there is information about disability-related employment charges from EEOC and state/county level data around types of disabilities.

Building an Inclusive Workforce: A Four-Step Reference Guide to Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining Employees with Disabilities

An easy-to-use guide for disability inclusive workplace practices.


OurAbility has resources and services that enable employers to build awareness of all aspects of disability inclusiveness in the workplace.  This site includes a job board specializing on qualified candidates with disabilities.

Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion

A comprehensive brief on the best practices around disability inclusion in the workplace.  Includes a self-assessment tool for employers to benchmark their progress.

Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities

This guide to hiring and employing people with disabilities offers best practices that can be applied right away to leading people with disabilities in your team.

Walgreens Recruits Employees With Disabilities Through New, Highly Accessible Web Site

This site describes the innovative approach taken by Walgreen’s to hire, retain and promote people with disabilities in their workforce.  Starting with distribution centers, Walgreen’s has a goal of a workforce consisting of one-third of people with a variety of disabilities working in a fully integrated team.

Work-Leave, the ADA, and the FMLA

Work leave is a type of accommodation that can be required under both the ADA and the Family & Medical Leave Act.  This brief fact sheet provides an overview on this issue—an issue that can be confusing to both employers and employees alike.


These free tools provide employers with a range of tips and ideas for creating a disability inclusive workplace.

Employing and Accommodating Individuals with Histories Of Alcohol Or Drug Abuse

The brief Employing and Accommodating Individuals With Histories Of Alcohol Or Drug Abuse focuses on what employers need to consider when dealing with employees with addiction issues.

Hire Heroes USA

This site offers veterans and employers a wealth of resources around hiring veterans and translating veterans’ skills to the civilian workforce.

Guide to Find Qualified Veterans

This site helps employers find qualified veterans and veterans with disabilities for their workforce.

Veterans' Employment & Training Service (VETS): Recovery & Employment Assistance Information Page

REALifelines is a program that provides employment and other life assistance to service members with disabilities.

Veterans and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): A Guide for Employers

This overview of the Americans with Disabilities looks at the legal rights of veterans with disabilities in employment.

Veterans Employment Toolkit

The Veterans Hiring Toolkit provides a wealth of resources for employers looking to hire, accommodate and retain veterans and veterans with disabilities.

Ten Tips for Employers: Tapping into the Talents of Veterans with Disabilities

The brief, Ten Tips for Employers: Tapping into the Talents of Veterans with Disabilities, provides easy-to-use tips for welcoming veterans with disabilities into the workplace.

Veterans for Employers Toolkit

This free online tutorial offers tips and resources on employing veterans with disabilities.