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What is the ADA?

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law intended to protect qualified persons with disabilities from discrimination in employment, educations, public services and programs, transportation, public accommodations, and telecommunications. The Federal regulations implemented by the ADA were designed to supplement and complement other Federal and State laws which protect persons with disabilities.

Who is covered under the ADA?

The ADA defines “disability” with respect to an individual as: (a) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such individual; or (b) a record of such impairment; or (c) being regarded as having such impairment. A substantial impairment is one that significantly limits or restricts a major life activity which includes, but is not limited to, hearing, walking, learning, seeing, breathing, caring for oneself, and performing manual tasks.

Programs and methods of teaching, evaluation, and service delivery are adapted to meet the individualized needs of each student. Documented students can find help with:

  • Adapted classroom activities
  • Academic advisement and registration
  • Alternative testing
  • Counseling
  • Parking permits
  • Referral to community resources
  • State Regional Centers
  • Testing


Students with disabilities must maintain the same responsibility for their education as students without disabilities. This includes maintaining the same academic levels, maintaining appropriate behavior, and giving notification of any special needs.

Support programs available for persons with disabilities:




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