Disability Support Services Policies and Procedures

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University recognizes its responsibility — under the mandates of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 — to provide equal access to its programs and services for students with disabilities.

To ensure non-discrimination, the University is prepared to make reasonable accommodations to promote students' effective participation in their academic and cocurricular objectives. The entire University community strives to assist its students with disabilities as they strive to reach their academic potential and seek to benefit from the personal development that may be derived from campus life.

Exceptions to the policies and procedures listed will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Office of Disability Support Services: 386-226-7916.

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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

"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 who (a) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the person's major life activities; (b) has a record of the impairment; or (c) 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.

Section 504 prohibits colleges and universities receiving federal funding from discrimination in the recruitment, admission, or treatment of students with disabilities. It states that students may request reasonable accommodations that enable them to participate in, and benefit from, an institution's educational programs and activities.

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 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.

Title I of the ADA covers employment issues for all institutions. For all other programs and activities, Title II pertains to public institutions, while private institutions are mandated under Title III.

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