2018-2019 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.”

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1991 defines a qualified person with a disability as one: “Who meets the academic and technical standards requisite to admission or participation in the postsecondary education institution's programs or activities.”

  • Section 504 defines a qualified person with a disability 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 change to a classroom environment or task that permits a qualified individual with a disability to participate in the classroom process, to perform the essential tasks of he class, or to enjoy benefits and privileges of classroom participation equal to those enjoyed by learners without disabilities. An accommodation is a legally mandated change that creates an equitable opportunity for task completion or environmental access.