The mission of Disability Support Services (DSS) is to guide and support institutional compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, in order to ensure equal access for students with disabilities at the Daytona Beach Campus.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states that:
"No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States … shall solely by reason of … handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."
Per this legislation, a "handicapped" individual is any person having
- a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the person's major life activities;
- has a record of the impairment; or
- is regarded by others as having this impairment.
The modifier "otherwise qualified" specifies that the handicapped person meet the necessary academic and technical standards for admission to or participation in the University's programs and activities.
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
This Act guarantees the civil rights of persons with disabilities. The ADA strengthens and extends the provisions of Section 504 to include employment practices, communications and all policies, procedures and practices that affect the treatment of students with disabilities.