- The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment and public accommodations.
- There must be equal access to all facilities, programs, services, and activities of the college.
- The college is NOT covered under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA which applies to K-12 institutions and requires individualized education plans (IEPs).
What Is a Disability as Defined by the ADA?
- A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities
- What Is a Major Life Activity? breathing, seeing, walking, working, hearing, caring for oneself, speaking, learning
Who Is Covered?
- Protects all persons with a disability from discrimination in an educational setting based solely on a disability.
How to receive accommodations?
- Contact the ADA Office and self-identify as a student with a disability
- Provide current, sufficient documentation of a disability
- Set up an Intake appointment to review documentation, discuss eligibility and reasonable accommodations
What About Documentation?
- Who is responsible for providing documentation?
- Under the ADA/504 Postsecondary, it is the student’s responsibility to provide adequate documentation of disability
- IDEA — Placement in special classrooms, resource, or regular classroom
- ADA/504 — Placement in regular classroom with accommodations
Accommodations And Accessibility
- Interpreters, textbooks/handouts in alternative formats, TDD, Readers/Scribes, access to facilities, programs, materials, activities and services
Institutions are not responsible for personal services such as:
- Attendants, tutors, readers, typists
- Personal devices such as hearing aids, wheelchairs, guide dogs, etc.
- Choose the college you plan to attend
- Request the requirements for admission
- Contact the Jefferson State ADA Accommodations Office and set up an appointment by calling (205) 856-6077, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.