Reasonable Accommodation and the American with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Effective 5/4/2022, all reasonable accommodation requests are to be submitted to TCP, even in the event that the accommodation can be granted at the provider level without the consideration of TCP, the DHS or the DC ODR (District of Columbia Office of Disability Rights). To submit the request to TCP, please click here. The submission must include the completed reasonable accommodation form and any supporting documentation used to consider the request. All documents must be submitted in PDF format and should be uploaded separately. For example, the reasonable accommodation request and the treating professional supporting statement are to be uploaded as two separate documents attached to the submission and not as one package. It is important to note that if the accommodation request can be honored at the provider level, TCP will not send any follow up or decisions to you or the agency. Follow up will only be made if there is a request that requires TCP consideration. It is important to note that all structural modification requests and relocation requests on the basis of disability must be reviewed by TCP for approval.

The ADA and Section 504 both stipulate that “no otherwise qualified persons with disabilities…shall, solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance (Section 504) or any activities of “public entities,” of state or local governments, regardless of whether they receive federal funding (Title II of the ADA). The Fair Housing Amendments Act regulations state “It shall be unlawful for any person to refuse to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices, or services, when such accommodations may be necessary to afford a person with a disability equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling unit including public and private use areas.”

The requirement to provide reasonable accommodation is intended to provide, for persons with disabilities, equal opportunity to participate in programs through modification of policies, procedures, or structures. This policy is not intended to provide greater program benefits to persons with disabilities than to non-disabled residents or applicants. It may mean, however, that persons with disabilities will sometimes be treated differently, in order to ensure equal access to programs and services. Equal access to programs and services is referred to as “Program Access” in both Section 504 and ADA.

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Disability Brochure

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Measuring for Accessibility

Notice of RA Procedure

RA Policy & Procedures

RA Sample Scenarios

TCP Assistive Animals Q&A

Reasonable Accommodation FAQs

Reasonable Accommodation Request Form

Treating Professional Supporting Statement

Notice of Accommodation