Learning Assistance Center
Disability Services and Accessibility
Definition of Disability
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), a person with a disability is defined as anyone with a physical or emotional impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working. In addition to those who have visible disabilities, the definition includes a wide range of invisible disabilities such as psychological problems, learning disabilities, and certain chronic health impairments. A person is considered to be a person with a disability if he/she has a disability, has a record of a disability, or is regarded as having a disability.
Confidentiality of disability information is assured for individuals who are inquiring or receiving services. Documentation of a disability is required in order to receive classroom and/or testing accommodations.