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Section 504

“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 or under any program or activity conducted by any Executive agency or by the United States Postal Service.”  

ADA

“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, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity.”

“This is a civil rights act providing equal access to those qualified individuals who are able to meet the essential responsibilities of the program, job and/or activity with or without reasonable accommodations being provided.”

Who is a “qualified person”?

 A qualified person is any person residing in the United States who can perform the essential functions of the course requirements and/or employment position with or without  reasonable accommodations.

What are “major life activities”?

Major life activities include, but are not limited to self care, manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.   

What are “reasonable accommodations”?

Reasonable accommodations are modifications or adjustments to a course, program, service, job, activity, or facility that enables a qualified individual with a disability to have an equal opportunity while maintaining the integrity of the activity.  Modifications or adjustments may be made to non-essential academic requirements.  Requirements that are essential to the program or instruction may not be modified.  An equal opportunity means an opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to a similarly-situated student without a disability.