What is a Disability?

In our office, we value disability as yet another component of the incredible diversity found on this campus. Disability can take many different forms – some are apparent while others are not. We strive to promote an appreciation of every student and the unique strengths and attributes they bring along with them.

According to the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, a disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working.

Some general examples of disabilities we accommodate include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, hearing/vision/mobility conditions, chronic illnesses, psychological diagnoses, learning disabilities, ADHD, traumatic brain injury, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

If you’re not sure whether you identify as having a disability or if you’d qualify for accommodations, simply submit an inquiry and someone from our office would be happy to speak with you!