Academic Support

Disability Services Qualifications

Qualified Student

A “qualified Student with a disability” means a person who meets the academic and technical standards requisite to admission or participation in the education program or activity, with or without reasonable modifications to rules, policies or practices; the removal of architectural, communication, transportation barriers; or the provision of auxiliary aids and services. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 define a person with a disability as a person who:

  1. Has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activity (including walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working).
  2. Has a record of such an impairment, and
  3. Is regarded as having such impairment.

Legal Guidelines

…”no otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States…shall, solely by reason of handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any program receiving Federal financial assistance…” Rehabilitation Act, Section 504, 1973

…”no qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of services, programs, or activities of public entity…” Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990