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NOAA Workforce Management Office

Serving NOAA's Most Valuable Asset - People


NOAA's Reasonable Accommodation Program


What is a Reasonable Accommodation?
The term Reasonable Accommodation means:

  1. Modifications or adjustments to a job application process that enable a qualified applicant with a disability to be considered for the position such qualified applicant desires; or
  2. Modifications or adjustments to the work environment, or to the manner or circumstances under which the position held or desired is customarily performed, that enable an individual with a disability who is qualified to perform the essential functions of that position; or
  3. Modifications or adjustments that enable an agency's employee with a disability to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment as are enjoyed by its other similarly situated employees without disabilities.

NOAA provides Reasonable Accommodation for employees with disabilities.
An individual is considered to have a "disability" if that individual:

The Reasonable Accommodation Process:
Once a Reasonable Accommodation Request is received, the Interactive Process begins, to determine what, if any, accommodation should be provided. The Reasonable Accommodation Chart gives a brief overview of the entire process. If you have questions regarding the Reasonable Accommodation Program you may contact your supervisor, or Debbie Ferrara, NOAA's Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator (RAC) at (816) 426-7822 or Debbie.A.Ferrara@noaa.gov.

To Request an Accommodation:

  1. Please complete the employee portion (Part A) of Form CD-575, Request for Reasonable Accommodation and submit the entire form to your supervisor or the RAC (contact information above);
  2. Please read carefully the document Assisting Your Health Care Provider in Preparing Your Medical Documentation. If you have a hidden disability you need to provide medical documentation to the RAC. The documentation from your health care provider must address the elements in the document mentioned above.
  3. The RAC will contact you to discuss your case.

Important Information:

NOAA's Premium Class Travel Accommodations

Effective June 15, 2012, NOAA's Deputy Under Secretary is the only authorizing official who can approve premium class travel accommodations. Your supervisor should consult with the RAC to determine if premium class travel accommodation or choice/premium seating can be provided based on your medical disability and in accordance with DAO 215-10.


Frequently Asked Questions:
Reasonable Accommodation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


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Page last edited: February 14, 2017

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