Individuals with disabilities are eligible to request reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADA AA) of 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended).
Individuals with disabilities are defined as persons with a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities this includes people who have a history of or regarded as having a physical or mental impairment.
Major life activities include caring for one’s self, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working, performing manual tasks, and learning.
Some examples of impairments which may substantially limit major life activities, even with the help of medication or aids/devices, are: learning disabilities, ADHD, chronic illness, blindness or visual impairment, deafness or hearing impairment, mobility impairments, alcoholism/drug addiction (in recovery), and psychiatric disorders.
Qualified individuals with disabilities attending post-secondary institutions have the right to request reasonable accommodations and/or academic adjustments in order to have equal access to all programs and services. Post-secondary institutions must grant reasonable accommodations unless they would fundamentally alter program content, outcomes, or cause the institution undue hardship.
For purposes of employment, qualified individuals with disabilities are persons who, with reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the job for which they have applied or have been hired to perform. Reasonable accommodation means an employer is required to take reasonable steps to accommodate the disability unless it would cause the employer undue hardship.
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Places of public accommodation, including private institutions, must give persons with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in and to benefit from their services. They cannot provide unequal or separate benefits to persons with disabilities. They must modify their policies and practices when necessary to provide equal access to services and facilities.