Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability

The Ohio State University is committed to non-discrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action in accordance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. As an employer that conducts business with the federal government, we are required to implement affirmative action programs.

To assist us with our affirmative action programs, we are asking you to self-identify the requested information below. Submission of this information is voluntary and refusal to provide it will not subject you to any adverse treatment. The university treats all individual demographic information as confidential to the extent allowed by law. The institution maintains the data separately from all personnel files; the data is available only to a few university employees with a business need-to-know. The information is used by the university to provide summary reports to the federal and state governments for compliance purposes. The university may use aggregate data to provide information on EEO efforts.

Because a person may become disabled at any time, we ask all of our employees to update their information as their status changes.  Identifying yourself as an individual with a disability is voluntary, and we hope that you will choose to do so.

Importance of Self-Identifying Your Disability

The information you provide helps Ohio State measure its progress in attracting, recruiting, employing, and advancing people with disabilities.

We are also required to measure our progress toward having at least 7% of our workforce be people with disabilities. To do this, we must ask applicants and employees if they have a disability or have ever had a disability.

Definition of a Disability

You are considered to have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment or medical condition that substantially limits a major life activity, or if you have a history or record of such an impairment or medical condition. Disabilities could include:

  • Autism
  • Autoimmune disorder, for example, lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, or HIV/AIDS
  • Blind or low vision
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular or heart disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, for example, Crohn's Disease, or irritable bowel syndrome
  • Intellectual disability
  • Missing limbs or partially missing limbs
  • Nervous system condition for example, migraine headaches, Parkinson’s disease, or Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Psychiatric condition, for example, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, or major depression

How to Self-Identify a Disability

For employees, please follow the steps below.

  1. Log in at workday.osu.edu
  2. Access your profile using the profile menu (select the cloud icon at the top right of the page)
  3. Click “View Profile”
  4. Click the “Actions” button below your name
  5. Expand the “Personal Data” menu, then click on “Change Self-Identification of Disability”
  6. Update the form as needed and click “Submit”

If you need assistance accessing and completing this form or arranging any other accommodations, contact the ADA Coordinator’s office at ada-osu@osu.edu or 614-292-6207

An applicant can self-identify on the application in Workday.


If you are in need of assistance completing the self-identification, please reach out for Workday assistance at:


Internal to Ohio State

If you have questions about accommodations or what constitutes a disability, please contact the ADA Coordinator:

If you have a question about the self-identification process or need more information, please contact the Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity, and Section 1557 Coordinator:

External to Ohio State

For more information about self-identification or the equal employment obligations of federal contractors under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) website at www.dol.gov/ofccp.