Students with Disabilities
The Student Disability Services office is here to help students with
disabilities obtain access to academic and programmatic services at the
university. Our goal is to provide quality service in a supportive,
courteous and timely manner. This section of the website is designed to
provide a thorough understanding of the policies and procedures, as
well as rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities.
welcome any questions of comments, and encourage current and
prospective students to contact us if we can be of any assistance.
A person with a disability is anyone with a physical or mental
impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities,
such as walking, seeing, learning, hearing, speaking, or breathing. A
person is also protected under the ADA if he or she has a record of a
disability or is regarded as having a disability and is thus
discriminated against. It is important to know that disabilities can be
both visible and hidden; that is, many disabilities may not be obvious
to an observer. These can include epilepsy, diabetes, and certain
vision-based disabilities. People can also have multiple disabilities,
such as being both legally blind and hard-of-hearing.
The ADA and Section 504
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of
the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 were developed to help
individuals avoid discrimination based on their disability status.
These laws provide guidelines for public and private agencies to
provide access to individuals with disabilities. The ADA upholds and
extends the standards covered in Section 504, including the definition
of what constitutes a disability, what is a reasonable accommodation in
terms of providing equal access, and an explanation of the civil
rights’ protections of individuals with disabilities.