Disability Laws Applied to Higher Education Updated November 2015

October 20, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


Disability laws that apply to higher
education. There are three laws that govern disability services and higher
education. What one law doesn’t cover another law does. Americans with
Disability Act, often referred to as ADA, was passed in 1990 and amended in 2008.
Ensures access to facilities services and programs. Section 504 and 508 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 provides for reasonable accommodation and covers any
institution receiving federal funds. Our state has the Washington Core Services
Bill this law requires ongoing review and it clear grievance procedure it also
outlines reasonable accommodations and lists core services disability. Laws in
higher education are first civil rights laws. They differ
from Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, IDEA, that applies to the
k-12 system. The focus is on access rather than success. They do not exempt students
with disabilities from meeting the essential requirements of a course or
program. Implications of the laws. Students otherwise qualified have a
right to enroll. Once admitted students have a right to access academic and
non-academic programs. Qualified students are eligible to receive accommodations
that relate to their disability. Failure to meet the legal obligations of the law
can have significant implications for postsecondary institutions and the
people involved in providing educational services. The definition of a disability. A person
is considered to have a disability if one of the three conditions is met: the
person has a physical or mental condition that causes functional
limitations that substantially limits one or more major life activities
including mobility communication such as hearing seeing and speaking and learning,
the person has a record of such an impairment, the person is regarded as
having such an impairment. For more details about these specific loss refer
to the links provided in this model. Dispute Resolution is another part of
the law. Students are encouraged to resolve concerns by first contacting the
Coordinator of Disability Support Services. If a student is not satisfied
with the resolution they are directed to the Walla Walla Community College
grievance procedure. The grievance procedure has three steps. Step
1, informal meeting to resolve concern, step 2, official hearing conducted by the
504 compliance officer and step three presidential appeal. Please note that
during this process the student is granted protection from retaliation. All
proceedings are confidential. At any time the individual may file a
complaint with the Office of Civil Rights. For more information, refer to the
Walla Walla Community College written procedure for the resolution of
discrimination and sexual harassment complaints included in this model