Access to College Programs
Post-secondary students with disabilities are guaranteed access to college programs and services by the following federal laws:
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
"No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States... shall, solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."
Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act
"Subject to the provisions of this title, no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, program, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by such an entity."
Definition of Disability
The law defines a person with a disability as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. The definition further indicates that you are a "person with a disability" and entitled to protection from discrimination if you have a disability, if you have a history of a disability, or if you are regarded as having a disability.
An "otherwise qualified" disabled individual is defined as one who with an auxiliary aid (e.g., tape recorder, text-on-tape, notetaker) or reasonable accommodation (e.g., test proctoring, extended time for testing, sign language interpreter) can meet the academic requirements that an institution can demonstrate essential to its education program.
Submission Deadlines for Accommodations
Spring: December 20, 2019
Fall: July 13, 2020
Documentation more than three (3) years old will NOT be accepted.
For more information please contact:
Coordinator of Student Disability Services
708-656-8000 Ext 2433