Disability Accommodation

The University of Maryland/The Universities at Shady Grove is committed to creating and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive learning environment for people of all abilities. The University is committed to the principle that no qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of services, programs, or activities of the University, or be subjected to discrimination. The University provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals. 

To receive accommodation or a piece of furniture for a medical concern, please complete the Employee Accommodation Request form and submit it to your leave consultant, Vandaliah Aderholt, at vthomps2@umd.edu. You may contact her at 301-405-8021. The Consultant will review the completed form to determine if the staff member is a qualified individual with a disability and therefore eligible for accommodations. The consultant will also review the staff member's accommodation request in relation to the essential job functions of the position. Once eligibility and reasonable accommodation are approved, the implementation of the accommodation requests will be considered and addressed. 

For more information, please see the Disability and Accessibility Policy and Procedures


Ergonomics is an applied science which emphasizes the importance of designing workstations (i.e. office furniture or industrial work areas and equipment) so the workstation fits the individual worker. The objective is to "design out" as many ergonomic risk factors as possible in an effort to reduce musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). Ergonomics is also referred to as Human Factors.

If you need a new piece of furniture, please review the Ergonomics Fact Sheet and review the resources on this page. If you would like to schedule an in-person office Ergonomic Evaluation at your workstation contact the Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability, and Risk at (301) 405-3960 or email osh@umd.edu to schedule an appointment.