The Labor Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy (dol.gov/odep) explains what employers and employees can request from each other. It also offers an index of disabilities and a guide to negotiating at askjan.org. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission also has a wealth of information about the ADA: http://eeoc.gov/laws/types/disability.cfm.
The bosses can ask for limited medical information — and can even deny accommodations that would create an "undue hardship" for them. Here's hoping they'll choose the humane approach.
Again, thanks to Elaine Fitch, of the Washington-based Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman and Fitch employment law firm.
Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers. Miller has written for and edited tax publications for 16 years, most recently for the accounting firm KPMG's Washington National Tax office. You can find her on Twitter, @KarlaAtWork.