5.3 Understanding Types of Disability

By law, a person "with a disability" is someone who has physical or cognitive impairment that substantially restricts one or more major life activities. Gallaudet University serves more than 200 students with disabilities each academic semester. Students on the Gallaudet campus may have the following types of disabilities:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger's Syndrome
  • Deaf-blind
  • Low vision
  • Neuro-muscular disabilities
  • Psychological disabilities
  • Chronic illnesses