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.
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) prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Discrimination may apply to service availability, accessibility, delivery, employment, and the administrative activities and responsibilities of organizations receiving Federal financial assistance. A recipient of Federal financial assistance may not, on the basis of disability:
- Deny qualified individuals the opportunity to participate in or benefit from federally funded programs, services, or other benefits.
- Deny access to programs, services, benefits or opportunities to participate as a result of physical barriers.
- Deny employment opportunities, including hiring, promotion, training, and fringe benefits, for which they are otherwise entitled or qualified.
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