Faculty and staff at UNC Charlotte are committed to providing educational opportunities to all students. Disability Services (DS) serves as a liaison between students with disabilities and the UNC Charlotte community to help ensure 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.”
At the college level, 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.
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.