The faculty and staff of UNC Charlotte are committed to providing educational opportunities to all students. The Office of Disability Services (DS) serves as a liaison between students with disabilities and the UNC Charlotte community to help ensure full access to programs and services.
Students with disabilities attending UNC Charlotte are protected by laws that ensure equal access to education. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the ADA Amendment Act of 2008 protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. These laws state that “no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of a public entity.”
In a post secondary education setting, the term otherwise qualified means "a person who meets the academic and technical standards requisite to admission or participation in the education program or activity, with or without reasonable modifications to rules, policies or practices; the removal of architectural, communication or transportation barriers; or the provision of auxiliary aids and services."
The ADAAA retains the basic definition of “disability” as an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a record of such an impairment, or being regarded as having such an impairment.
The following represents just a sample of disabilities covered by the law: AIDS, Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Diabetes, Epilepsy, head injuries, deafness/hearing loss, specific learning disabilities, loss of limbs, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, psychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety, speech impairments, spinal cord injuries, and visual impairments.
Under the ADA, students with disabilities are entitled to reasonable and appropriate accommodations to ensure equal access to education. The University does not provide accommodations of a personal nature. Students are responsible for their own transportation, assistance with homework, coaching, mobility training, personal care attendants, and activities outside the University.
To learn more about acommodations and access at UNC Charlotte, please contact our office for further information.