The State of Minnesota's Accommodation Fund was established to reimburse money spent by state agencies to make reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. The goal of the fund is twofold:
- To provide an equal footing for applicants with disabilities during the hiring process, in support of Governor Walz's Executive Order 19-14; and
- To provide for a more inclusive workplace environment for current employees with disabilities.
The Minnesota Department of Administration (Admin) is authorized to provide reimbursements for three different types of reasonable accommodations. These include:
- Expenses for applicants for employment in any amount;
- Expenses for current employees for services that are provided on a periodic or ongoing basis; and
- One-time expenses for current employees that total more than $1,000 for a single employee in a fiscal year.
All spending after June 30, 2015 is eligible for reimbursement.
What is a Reasonable Accommodation?
A reasonable accommodation is defined as step(s) which must be taken to accommodate the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified disabled person (Minnesota Statutes 363A.08 Subd. 6). Some examples of reasonable accommodations include:
- restructuring a job;
- modifying a work schedule;
- acquiring or modifying work equipment; and
- providing aides.
More Information and Contact
More information about the fund, including how to apply for reimbursement, is listed in the tabs below. If you have questions or need assistance, email us at AccommodationFund@state.mn.us.
If you have questions regarding technology or need to have a device demonstration or would like to borrow a piece of equipment for a short-term loan contact the MN STAR Program at 651-201-2640.