Request Reasonable Accommodation for OAH Legal Proceedings
The Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.), commonly known as the ADA, is a federal civil rights statute that requires state governmental entities, such as the Office of Administrative Hearings, to accommodate the needs of qualified individuals who have an interest in our activities, programs and services.
Steps for requesting a reasonable accommodation
- Request for Accommodation by a Person with Disabilities form (OAH 31)
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Reasonable and Appropriate Accommodations FAQ's
Examples of disabilities include mobility or other motor impairments, psychological and mental illness, visual impairments, and deafness and hearing loss. Temporary disabilities may also qualify.
Individuals with qualifying disabilities may receive reasonable accommodations to provide them with equal access to OAH proceedings.
You may request an accommodation in writing or orally. Requests may be submitted to the local office assigned to your General Jurisdiction case, or the clerk assigned to your Special Education case by contacting OAH's Sacramento Office.
The request should include a statement of the impairment, a description of the accommodation sought, and an explanation of why the accommodation is needed. OAH's has an optional form available for use. An individual may complete the Request for Accommodation (OAH 31) by a Person with Disabilities and submit it to OAH.
OAH may request additional information about the qualifying impairment in order to determine the most appropriate accommodation under the circumstances.
OAH cannot provide an accommodation that would fundamentally alter the nature of OAH’s services, activities, or programs or cause an undue financial or administrative burden. OAH is also prohibited from exceeding the law in granting a request for an accommodation. For instance, OAH cannot extend the statute of limitations for hearing a case. OAH is restricted from providing legal counsel, personal equipment or services, and transportation as accommodations.
Yes. Requests for accommodation can be denied if:
- the requester has failed to establish that they are a qualified individual with disabilities as covered under applicable law; or
- providing the accommodation would cause an excessive financial burden; or
- providing the accommodation would fundamentally alter the nature of services being provided.
Office of Administrative Hearings
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: (916) 263-0550
Confidential Fax: (916) 263-0545