April 18th, 2013 by disability


The mission of ADA services is to provide reasonable accommodations to students and employees who qualify under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Collaborating with faculty and staff will empower students/employees who have disabilities. Each individual will be enabled to equal access to an education and university life. Examples of reasonable accommodations may include, but are not limited to: extended time for testing, interpreters, note-taking assistance, use of tape recorders, use of colored overlays, large tables and seating space, small-group or individual test environments, accessible housing, accessible parking, readers for exams, etc.


Getting Started

In order for a person to be eligible for services, the following requirements must be met:

  •   Apply and be admitted to Jackson State University undergraduate or graduate program.
  •  Provide current and comprehensive documentation of a disability to the ADA Disability Services Office.
  •  Register with the ADA Disability Services Office to initiate accommodations.
  •  Work as a full-time, part-time, or adjunct employee Jackson State University.


Intake Procedures

Students or employees must self-identify with the ADA Disability Services Office each semester or session for which you are seeking accommodations.

  •  Provide current documentation from a professional qualified to diagnose the specific disability.
  •  The  Assistant Director of ADA Services must review  all documentation and determine whether the student is eligible to receive services.
  •  Reasonable and appropriate accommodations are determined by the student and the ADA of Services Assistant Director based on documented needs and functional limitations of the individual.
  •  Letters of Accommodation may be re-evaluated with input from the instructor, the student, or additional documentation.
  • The aim is to encourage self-advocacy skills in the individual with a disability and to include
  • the faculty member or supervisor in the accommodations plan.
  •  Accommodation letters must be requested, reviewed, and reissued each semester the student expects to receive services.
  •  FERPA, HIPPA and all other laws of confidentiality are observed strictly. All individuals seeking services must sign a release of information statement which promotes dialogue among office staff , the student, and the instructor or service provider on a need-to-know basis.



    The ADA’s definition of “impairment” includes any condition
    that has a psychological, physiological or mental
    basis. It includes anatomical loss of a limb or of the sensory,
    respiratory, neurological, cardiovascular, digestive,
    musculoskeletal, genitor-urinary, skin and endocrine;
    and hemic and lymphatic systems. Cosmetic disfigurements,
    mental retardation, emotional or mental illnesses,
    some learning disabilities, brain disorders and cosmetic
    disfigurements are included in the impairment definition.
    A “disability” is defined as a physical or mental impairment
    that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
    A person is considered disabled if the person has
    such a physical or mental impairment, has a record of
    such impairment, or is regarded as having such impairment.
    “Disability” covers a wide range of conditions and
    includes mobility, vision, hearing, or speech impairments,
    learning disabilities, chronic health conditions, emotional
    illnesses, AIDS, HIV positive, and a history of alcoholism
    or prior substance abuse. 

Visit: www.ada.gov

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