Accessibility: Reasonable Accommodations

21.0 General92013-06-292014-02-042015-02-032016-02-29ACUI recognizes its obligation to provide equal access to education and employment for people with disabilities. As stated in the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, the Association will make reasonable accommodations such that: "No individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of any place of public accommodation by any person who owns, leases (or leases to), or operates a place of public accommodation."

For the purposes of the Association, reasonable accommodations for participation in public meetings must be made at all regional and international events unless:

  • Making the accommodation poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others,
  • Making the accommodation means making a substantial alteration in the manner in which business is conducted, or
  • Making the accommodation represents an undue financial or administrative hardship.

It is the joint responsibility of the Association, host institution, and/or host facility to ensure that reasonable accommodations have been made for people with disabilities. In the event a particular planning committee requires assistance in determining whether an accommodation should be made, they should contact the appropriate ACUI Central Office staff member for guidance.

Examples of common reasonable accommodations at Association gatherings include barrier-free meeting space, auxiliary aids and services, and alternative media. Budgeting for these accommodations prior to actual events demonstrates the Association's good-faith effort to meet its obligations and is an expectation of all regional and international planning committees.

Updated March 30, 2015