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According to the Americans with Disability Act, in order to be enrolled with Disability Services, a person must meet with each aspect of the criteria listed below:
  • The person must be regarded as one who has a disability.
  • The person must identify themselves to the institution.
  • The person must present the institution with documentation regarding their disability. The documentation must reflect the student’s need for academic accommodations. 

Definition of a Disability
Section 504 defines a person with a disability as: 
  • Someone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activ ities
  • A person who has a record of the disability
  • Someone who is regarded as having the disability.

Physical Impairment
Any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfiguration, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: 
  • Neurological
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Special Sense Organs
  • Respiratory (including speech organs)
  • Cardiovascular 
  • Reproductive 
  • Digestive 
  • Genitourinary 
  • Hemic and Lymphatic
  • Skin and Endocrine 

Mental Impairment
Any psychological neurological disorder such as organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness and specific learning disabilities.
 
Major Life Activity
Any function such as: caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working.