AWARE Program (Assistance for Employees with Disabilities)

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"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
-- Helen Keller

What is AWARE?
The AWARE (Always Working to Advocate, Retain & Employ) Program provides disability-management services when an employee’s job is affected by a physical, mental, or emotional impairment. Through a unique partnership between UAB and the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS), the AWARE Program assists current employees and their departments, job seekers going through the application process, and employees returning from long-term disability or medical leave. In addition, the AWARE Program coordinates requests for reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Our Current Services Include:

  • Disability assistance for employees and their departments
  • Vocational evaluations and rehabilitation counseling
  • Advice on ADA reasonable accommodations
  • On-site workplace assessments by trained rehabilitation engineers
  • Coordination of medical information and return-to-work documentation
  • Job placement, training, and transitional employment programs for employees who are unable to remain in their current positions
  • Recruitment of qualified applicants with disabilities
  • Disability awareness and sensitivity training
  • Transfer assistance when appropriate


UAB is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify.