Saint Paul Public Schools and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Saint Paul Public Schools is committed to the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and as amended in 2008.
If you are in need of an accommodation to assist you in performing the essential functions of your position, or if you need assistance in accessing or attending school events you can find all the resources on this page.
The ADA bans discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all places that are open to the public. The object of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA is divided into five titles (or sections) that relate to different areas of public life.
To be protected by the ADA, one must have a disability, which is defined by the ADA as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered.
An individual with a disability is a person who:
- Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities;
- Has a record of such an impairment; or
- Is regarded as having such an impairment.
- A qualified employee or applicant with a disability is an individual who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the job in question.
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Information obtained from an applicant or employee regarding a medical condition or history in connection with a medical exam or inquiry (“Medical Information”) will be treated confidentially and only disclosed by Saint Paul Public Schools as required or permitted by law, including but not limited to, 42 U.S.C §§ 12112 (d)(3)(B), 12112 (d)(4)(C), 29 C.F.R. §§ 1630.14(b)(1), 1630.14(c)(1), and Minn. Stat. § 13.01 et seq. Applicants or employees providing Medical Information are on notice that Saint Paul Public Schools may disclose Medical Information to the following the following persons: (i) supervisors and managers regarding necessary restrictions on the work or job duties or necessary accommodations; (ii) first aid and safety personnel, when appropriate, if a disability might require emergency treatment for an employee; and (iii) government officials investigating compliance with local, state, or federal law.
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