How Is "Disability" Defined?

A disability, as defined under Title II of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Disabilities interfere significantly with learning or with participation in-classes and campus activities.

Examples include:

  • physical disabilities, such as those affecting mobility
  • learning disabilities (LD)
  • traumatic brain injuries
  • attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • low vision or blindness
  • chronic health conditions; chronic pain
  • psychological conditions such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder