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Disability: A substantial limitation in one or more major life activities. Students should not be asked to describe or disclose their disability to faculty members.

Reasonable accommodation: A modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, facility, or activity that enables qualified persons with disabilities to have an equal opportunity to demonstrate their ability. Institutions are obligated to make reasonable accommodations only to known limitations of an otherwise qualified individual. Reasonable accommodations should not alter a course's essential components or in any way "water down" the curriculum or the standards of the institution. They simply afford students with disabilities a level playing field.

ADA/Section 504: The Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are the relevant statutes with regard to WSU students (and employees) with disabilities. The intent of the law is to ensure that no otherwise qualified person with a disability will be denied access to, or the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination by any program or activity provided by any public institution or entity. These laws are enforced by WSU’s Office of Equal Opportunity, the Washington Human Rights Commission, and the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice, in conjunction with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (ADA)

Accommodation Form: The official document describing the accommodations for which a student has been approved. You will be asked to sign this form, indicating that you are aware of the student’s accommodations. These accommodations may include provision of alternate testing services, course materials in a form other than print, interpreting or transcription services, notetaking services, and assistive technology and equipment, among others. If you have any questions about accommodations, or aren’t sure what your role is, please call us at 335-3714, and ask to speak to an Access Advisor.