CREATING AN INCLUSIVE SERVICE ENVIRONMENT

BTR is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment.   BTR complies fully with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504). No qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the program, services, or activities of the program, or be subjected to discrimination by the program. Nor shall the program exclude or otherwise deny equal services, programs, or activities to an individual because of the known disability of an individual with whom the individual is known to have a relationship or association.

BTR will make reasonable accommodations in policies, practices, or procedures when the accommodations are necessary to allow an individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of a position, unless making the modifications would fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program, or activity, and/or impose an “undue hardship.” A reasonable accommodation may include: modifications to make facilities readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities; position restructuring; modified schedules; acquisition or modification of equipment or devices, training materials or policies.

SELF-IDENTIFICATION

A Resident with a disability is not required to disclose information about any physical or mental limitations, whether or not he or she believes it will interfere with the Resident’s ability to perform the essential functions of the position sought or held.  If a Resident requires an accommodation for a physical or mental impairment, the Resident must describe the functional limitation(s) and barriers, and cooperate with program staff to identify possible accommodations to overcome the limitation(s). Medical verification of the condition may be requested by BTR for the Resident to be protected under Section 504.

BTR’s Promise Corps Director, Erika Alvarez Werner, also serves as BTR’s Section 504 Coordinator.  The Section 504 Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the organization’s compliance with Section 504.

SECTION 504 COORDINATOR

Erika Alvarez Werner, Boston Promise Corps Director
27-43 Wormwood Street, Suite 110
Boston, MA 02210
ewerner@bpe.org
617-227-8055

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS AND SITE ACCESSIBILITY

BTR’s Boston Promise Corps Director will address all inquiries regarding site accessibility and all requests for reasonable accommodations.  These include requests relating to the admissions process, school-based service, and graduate coursework. BTR is committed to seeking qualified applicants with disabilities and can provide reasonable accommodations during the application process and time of service upon request.

Site Accessibility:

  • BTR ensures that all interview days, including the interview portion of the admissions process (Selection Days) are a) held in locations that are accessible, b) held in locations that can readily be made accessible, or c) can be relocated to an accessible site, should the original site not be accessible or readily made accessible for mobility impaired applicants.
  • BTR provides details regarding accessibility of interview sites and options for mobility impaired applicants (as described above) to all applicants invited to interview at Selection Day.  The invitations also include the Boston Promise Corps Director’s contact information with instruction for confirming accessibility of Selection Day sites, and/or making other arrangements so that mobility impairments do not prevent full participation in admissions activities.  These other arrangements may include rescheduling or relocation of interview activities.
  • Admitted and enrolled Residents are given instruction to contact the Boston Promise Corps Director to coordinate services for ensuring full access to all BTR sites during the residency.

Requesting Reasonable Accommodations:

  • BTR provides details regarding required performance activities to all applicants invited to interview at Selection Day.  The invitations also include the Boston Promise Corps Director’s contact information with instruction and timeline for requesting accommodations.  Individuals requiring accommodations are responsible for making their needs known within the communicated timeline.  The Boston Promise Corps Director will respond and clarify the individual’s needs in order to identify appropriate reasonable accommodations required to meet those needs.
  • Once admitted into the program, all Residents have the opportunity to meet the Boston Promise Corps Director at New Resident Info Sessions held prior to program start; during which she provides an overview of services with instructions for qualified individuals to request reasonable accommodations.  As soon as the Resident is aware of a needed accommodation in order to perform his/her service in the Boston Public Schools, s/he should contact the Boston Promise Corps Director.
  • BTR actively seeks to create an inclusive service environment and will make reasonable accommodations to ensure that facilities are readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals who would like to request reasonable accommodations or who have questions about site accessibility may contact Boston Promise Corps Director Erika Alvarez Werner at ewerner@bpe.org.

CONFIDENTIALITY

Information provided to BTR regarding a Resident or potential Resident’s disability shall be kept confidential, except to the extent that appropriate supervisors, managers, and safety and health personnel may be informed regarding any restrictions in service duties or necessary accommodations. Once a Resident has contacted the Boston Promise Corps Director regarding a disability, the Boston Promise Corps Director will get permission from the Resident to discuss his/her disability with the Resident Support Team in order to provide necessary accommodations. The Resident Support Team brings together the Co-Directors of Clinical Teacher Education, Director of Operations, Compliance and HR, and the Boston Promise Corps Director in a monthly meeting to discuss ways in which the team and/or BTR can best assist Residents in their learning and practice.