Indiana University Southeast is committed to providing equal educational opportunities to qualified students with disabilities and assisting them in making their college experiences successful by complying with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and to ensure students with disabilities receive the accommodations they need to succeed. This handbook has been prepared as a review of various disabilities that affect learning in the University setting and suggests possible accommodations for these students. Students with disabilities will vary in each category, thus this should only be a guide and each student's instruction should be individualized.
Per the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, a person with a disability will be defined as one who: (1) has a significant impairment of one or more major life activities; (2) has record of such impairment; or (3) is regarded as having an impairment. Major life activities include: caring for oneself, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, learning and working. Although not included under the ADA Law, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504 and the University recognize some temporary disabilities as reasons for accommodations, i.e. accessible parking permits. A "qualified student with a disability" is one who meets the academic and technical standards of the University.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states in part:
"No otherwise qualified handicapped individual...shall, solely by reason of his or her handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."
In order to comply with this statute, the University must assure that the same equal educational opportunities are available to students with disabilities that are available to other students. This applies to academic, student affairs, and administrative services of the University.
Individuals must request accommodations and must provide recent documentation to the Office of Disability Services. This documentation must be completed by a qualified professional (physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, etc.).