An individual with a disability is someone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more “major life activities.” Physical or mental impairments include, for example, specific learning disabilities, emotional or mental illness, blindness and visual impairments, deafness and hearing impairments, mobility impairments and some chronic illnesses. A person is also considered to be an individual with a disability and protected by the law if he/she has the disability, has a record of having the disability or is regarded as having the disability.
Major life activity means functions such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working and learning
A qualified person with a disability means an individual who, with reasonable modifications or “accommodations” (if necessary) to rules, policies or practices, the removal of barriers or the provision of auxiliary aids and services, meets the eligibility requirements for the receipt of services and the participation in programs or activities.
Accommodation refers to a change in the status quo. A reasonable accommodation in the student setting is a modification or adjustment to a course, program or building that allows the person with a disability to participate as fully as possible in the programs and activities offered by the Divinity School.
Services that may be provided to students with disabilities include, but are not limited to, classroom and test accommodations, early registration, housing accommodations, books on tape, note takers, interpreters, readers, assistive technology and referral for testing or additional services.
Note that colleges and universities are not required to supply students with attendants, individually prescribed devices such as hearing aids and wheelchairs, readers for personal use or study, or other devices or services of a personal nature.
The needs of students with disabilities may be related to vision, hearing, or mobility impairments, learning disabilities, psychological and medical conditions (both permanent and temporary) that necessitate modifications to the programs or services of the School.