Disabilities and Accommodations

Nearly all colleges and universities are subject to the ADA, Section 504, or both. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides broad nondiscrimination protection in employment, public services, and public accommodations (including many areas of colleges and universities), for individuals with disabilities. The ADA is enforced by multiple federal agencies, including the Department of Justice, Department of Labor, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against an otherwise qualified individual with a disability, solely on the basis of the disability, in any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance. Section 504 is enforced by, amongst others, the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.

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General ADA and Section 504



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Office of Civil Rights, Case Processing Manual

"You Don't Have to Go Home, But You Can't Stay Here:" How to Place Students Permissibly on Mandatory Leaves and Welcome Them Back Lock

New Developments in Accommodations Under the ADA: Animals, Allergies and Beyond Lock
Susan L. Wheeler

Accommodating Students with Disabilities in Clinical and Professional Programs: New Challenges, New Strategies Lock
Ellen Babbitt and Barbara A. Lee

NACUANOTE: Update on Accommodating Service and Assistance Animals on Campus: Making Heads or Tails of Federal Disability Laws
Josh Dermott, Mar 16 2012, NACUA

What the New and Invigorated Americans with Disabilities Act Means for Boards Lock
2011, AGB, Lawrence White

Congressional Research Service Report: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Statutory Language and Recent Issues
2009, Nancy Lee Jones

Congressional Research Service Report: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: Prohibiting Discrimination Against Individuals with Disabilities in Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Assistance
2009, Nancy Lee Jones

EEOC Q&A on the ADA Amendments Act of 2008

Veterans and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): A Guide for Employers
2012, EEOC

AHEAD Guidance on Supporting Accommodation Requests and Documentation Practices
Association on Higher Education and Disability

Accommodating Faculty Members Who Have Disabilities
American Association of University Professors, January 2012

A Guide to Disability Rights Law
July 2009, U.S. Department of Justice

The Application of Title VII and the ADA to Applicants or Employees Who Experience Domestic or Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking

Joint U.S. Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and Education Letter Regarding Participation of Students with Hepatitis B in Medical, Dental, Nursing and Other Health-Related Programs
Jun 12 2013, U.S. Dept. of Education, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, U.S. Dept. of Justice

Getting Practical: ADA and Accommodation Issues on Campus
Laura Rothstein, Mar 1 2013, Michael Harrington, NACUA

Facilites Access

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Technology Access

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Mental Disabilities, Distressed and Suicidal Students

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