What is a Disability?
A disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities ACT (ADA) is described as a mental, or physical impairment that substantially limits a major life function. Some of these include, but are not limited to, visual impairments and blindness, hearing impairment and deafness, mobility impairments, learning disabilities, speech impairments or systemic medical conditions.
The definition of a disability and the criteria for establishing eligibility for accommodations and services under 504 and ADA for post secondary institutions may be different than the definitions and criteria implemented in the public schools, rehabilitation programs, Social Security, Veterans Administration, or as covered under insurance policies.
Faculty can find a quick reference on information technology and typical classroom accommodations that can be made in the educational setting at Blue Ridge Community Colleges Disability Services site. It is not all-inclusive; additional information can be obtained through your local Disability Services Office.