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New Services for Faculty and Staff with Disabilities

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that, as of July 1, the university has launched two new initiatives to create a more inclusive workplace experience:

  • Central funding for workplace accommodations for faculty, staff and visiting or guest lecturers with disabilities;
  • Free Red Runner rides for individuals with Cornell-issued AP/PO parking permits or who have documented disabilities that impact their mobility, transportation access or navigation.

These efforts are part of Cornell’s commitment to building a culture of belonging that supports our diverse workforce and champions inclusion for all members of our community.

Accommodations fund

Limited funds have been designated centrally to provide reasonable accommodations to faculty, staff and visiting or guest lecturers who need adaptive aids, assistive technology or other reasonable accommodations.

These funds are intended to supplement department/unit efforts, especially in the way of devices and technology which can significantly improve the work experience for individuals with disabilities. The central funds cannot be used to purchase standard ergonomic equipment generally available to all employees, such as sit-stand desks, or to make physical improvements or modifications to building structures. Those items should continue to be funded through the department/unit or alternate means.

Funds are only available for accommodations approved after July 1; there will be no retroactive reimbursements. Visit diversity.cornell.edu for full details.

Accessible Red Runner transportation

Through the accessible Red Runner service, Cornell will provide free door-to-door transportation for staff and faculty with disabilities when they participate in university-related activities, including meetings, seminars, trainings and campus events, or take advantage of Cornell’s employment benefits, such as wellness programs. Commuter rides to and from home are not eligible.

The service is open to faculty and staff with Cornell-issued AP/PO parking permits, and to approved faculty and staff who do not have a Cornell AP/PO parking permit but have a disability affecting their mobility.

Full details regarding eligibility, hours of service and reservations can be found on diversity.cornell.edu.

Questions? Contact Angela Winfield, Director of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity, at 607-255-6865 or acw38@cornell.edu.

 

 

Diversity Includes Disability

Cornell University is committed to diversity and inclusiveness with the goal of providing an accessible, usable and welcoming environment for all Cornell community members, including those with disabilities. Learn more about initiatives, resources and our strategic plan for disability access at accessibility.cornell.edu. Find out about our Disability Colleague Network Group, which provides education, mentorship and support to faculty and staff with disabilities.

 

 

Contact Information

Office of Faculty Development and Diversity
122 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Ph: 607.255.6867
Fax: 607.255.4672
ofdd@cornell.edu