Graduate students and Lamont employees who require disability accommodations should go through the Columbia University Human Resources department. This goes through CU-HR so individuals can maintain confidentiality regarding their medical information. Disability accommodation requests often require the individual's physician to share diagnostic and treatment information with a member of the Central HR team to help determine what accommodations are reasonable. Additionally, Central HR representatives will also communicate with the individual's manager and LDEO HR to determine the operational impacts of the accommodation.
There is no list of accommodations that can be chosen from. Disabilities, both physical and mental, vary greatly among different individuals. That’s why accommodations are made on an individual basis. Some examples of accommodations that have been made in the past include: specialized seating arrangements like standing desks, office space in close proximity to the bathroom, specialized mouse/keyboard.
Information on Columbia’s Workplace Accommodations can be found here. Although workplace accommodations need to go through CU-HR, all people at Lamont, even graduate students, should feel free to reach out to LDEO-HR with any questions or if they need any guidance.