Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), a disability is defined as a “mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities.” Walking, eating, talking, breathing, writing, listening, and learning are examples of major life activities. If you have a documented physical or mental impairment, you may be entitled to certain accommodations and/or academic adjustments under ADA.
A person can be “substantially limited” in performing a major life activity if they are:
- Unable to perform the major life activity, or
- Significantly restricted as to the condition, manner, or duration under which the activity can be performed when compared to the average person or most people.
You must present documentation of disability to receive ADA services. The following links provide detailed criteria of required documentation:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Learning Disability
- Mobility, Sensory, and/or Systemic Disorder
- Psychiatric Disabilities
- Traumatic Brain Injury
Meet with your Coordinator
ADA services are not retroactive. Therefore, students are advised to register with the Disabilities Services Office before classes begin to ensure enough time for documentation to be reviewed and accommodations provided.
It is the student’s responsibility to contact the ADA Coordinator and complete a new Request for Accommodation Form form prior to the start of each semester. Students are advised to register for classes early and complete the Request for Accommodation Form as soon as possible.
The ADA Coordinator has the right to request additional or updated documentation if the student’s disability condition changes or if new or unusual accommodations are requested.
ADA does not provide financial aid, attendant (personal) care, transportation services, or tutoring.