Requirements for Eligibility

According to the Americans with Disability Act, to be enrolled with the Office of Counseling & Accessibility Services, a person must meet 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 activities
  • 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 dis-figuration, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems:

  • Neurological
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Special Sense Organs
  • Respiratory (including speech organs)
  • Cardiovascular
  • Reproductive
  • Digestive
  • Hemic and Lymphatic
  • Skin and Endocrine

Psychological Impairment

Any psychological or 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.


Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states that any information regarding a person’s disability gained from medical examinations to the appropriate post-admission investigation shall be considered confidential and shall only be shared with others within the college or university on a need-to-know basis. In other words, faculty members do not need to have access to information regarding a student’s disability; faculty ought only to know the accommodations that are appropriate and necessary to meet the student’s needs.