Procedures for Providing Personal Assistance Services for Employees with Targeted Disabilities
In addition to any reasonable accommodation(s) required under the Board's Reasonable Accommodation policy, the Board also provides employees with targeted disabilities personal assistance services during work hours and job-related travel1 when provision of such services would, along with any required reasonable accommodation(s), enable the employee to perform the essential functions of their position and would not impose undue hardship on the Board.
A targeted disability is a disability listed in Form FR 1437 as a targeted disability or serious health condition.
Personal assistance services means assistance with performing activities of daily living that an individual would typically perform if they did not have a disability, and that is not otherwise required as a reasonable accommodation, including, for example, assistance with removing and putting on clothing, eating, and using the restroom.
Any required personal assistance services must be performed by a personal assistance provider–that is, a Board employee or independent contractor whose primary job functions include provision of personal assistance services. Such providers may be required to provide personal assistance services to more than one individual and/or perform tasks unrelated to personal assistance services, to the extent that doing so does not result in untimeliness in providing required personal assistance services. When selecting someone who will provide personal assistance services for a single individual, the Board will give primary consideration to the individual's preferences to the extent permitted by law.
The process for requesting personal assistance services, the process for determining whether such services are required, and the Board's right to deny such requests when provision of the services would pose an undue hardship, are the same as for reasonable accommodations. See the Board's Reasonable Accommodation policy for details.
The Board will not take adverse actions against job applicants or employees based on their need for, or perceived need for, personal assistance services.
1. Job-related travel does not include commuting. Return to text