Individuals with Disabilities are covered by two primary legal mandates that protect them from discrimination and ensure that they have equal access to all programs, services, and activities of the University.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as Amended, states: "A public entity shall make reasonable modifications in policies or procedures when the modifications are necessary to avoid discrimination on the basis of disability, unless the public entity can demonstrate that making the modifications would fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program, or activity." http://www.ada.gov/pubs/adastatute08.htm
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, state: "No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States….shall, solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." http://www.dol.gov/oasam/regs/statutes/sec504.htm
The Office of Accessibility Resources works diligently to ensure its operations are legally compliant. The Director is available to help instructors of students with disabilities to be consistent with the law. The OAR is dedicated to facilitate University-wide compliance. Faculty are welcome to contact the Director for more information.
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