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:
Statute and case law have expanded this definition over the years. Currently the ADA defines a major life activity as:
Major life activity also includes major bodily functions such as:
If you would like more information about Section 504, the ADA, or faculty responsibilities, feel free tocontact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities
(223 Lawrence Center, 610-436-2564) or access the OSSD website.