What is a disability?
A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual.
- Major Life Activities: The term "major life activities" refers to normal functions such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.
- A physical impairment includes any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss limiting one or more of the following bodily systems: neurological, musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, reproductive, digestive, skin, endocrine, etc.
- A mental impairment includes any mental or psychological disorder such as mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities.
- A learning disability is a generic term that refers to a group of disorders manifested by significant difficulties in the use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, or mathematical abilities.
What is a reasonable accommodation?
A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, job, activity, or facility that enables a qualified individual with a disability to have an equal opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges available to an individual without a disability. Some common academic accommodations include extra time on tests, use of peer note takers, use of computers with spell check, and provision of sign language interpreters.
Is this program confidential?
Your medical information provided for registration with EOA is kept confidential. Only the approved accommodation arrangements are discussed with your faculty or administrators.