2017-2018 Faculty Handbook

Disability Services - Definitions

  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states that: “No otherwise qualified person with a disability in the United States . . . shall solely by reason of . . . disability, be denied the benefits of, be excluded from participation in, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

  • Section 504 defines a qualified person with a disability as one: “Who meets the academic and technical standards requisite to admission or participation in the education program or activity.”

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1991 and its amendments of 2008 define a person with a disability broadly as: “Any person who (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, (2) has a history or record of such an impairment, or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment.”

  • Accommodation: Is any appropriate and reasonable alteration to a course, program, service, activity, or facility that enables a qualified student with a documented disability to have an equal educational opportunity while maintaining the academic integrity of the learning environment.