Who is Considered a Qualified Student with a Disability?
In order to provide quality services to students with disabilities, Ferris State University, requires that a student provide verification of disability to Disabilities Services at the time services are requested. This information will be used to establish the need for appropriate accommodations.
To establish the existence of a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the severity of a disability or degree of impact on life functions (particularly in an academic setting) is more important than the name of the impairment or diagnosis, though both are important. To establish eligibility for accommodation as a student with a disability, a student must present documentation that meets guidelines that have become standard among colleges and universities throughout the country and are recommended by the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). Additionally, these guidelines have been considered reasonable and appropriate by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights as well as the U.S. Department of Justice.
A temporary injury does not usually qualify as a disability under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); however severity and duration will be considered. Disabilities Services will make every effort to accommodate temporary injuries where possible. Examples of temporary disabilities address by these guidelines include broken arms, broken legs, hand injuries, torn ligaments, etc.