Who Determines if a Student is a Qualified Individual and What Accommodations are Necessary
A combination of the student, the University, and professional/treating medical provider determines qualifications for disability. The student must submit an application and record of disability, including documentation from a professional that identifies and substantiates the disability. OSSD is the designated office at WCU that obtains, coordinates, and controls disability related documents; certifies eligibility for services; and determines reasonable accommodations.
OSSD conducts a case-by-case analysis and evaluates the student, using the following criteria:
Documentation of the disability from qualified professionals provided by the student.
Information gathered from the individual student during the intake process.
Information from University personnel regarding standards for course, activities, jobs and facilities.
Major Life Activity
Statute and case law have expanded this definition over the years. Currently the ADA defines a major life activity as:
Caring for oneself
Performing manual tasks
Major life activity also includes major bodily functions such as:
Functions of the immune system
Normal cell growth
If you would like more information about Section 504, the ADA, or faculty responsibilities, feel free to contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (223 Lawrence Center, 610-436-2564, firstname.lastname@example.org) or access the OSSD website.