The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that was passed in 1990 to prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life. This includes employment, transportation, education, and access to public spaces and services.
The ADA defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, or working. The law requires employers, public accommodations, and government agencies to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities to enable them to participate fully in all aspects of life.
At CALUMS, we provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities to ensure that they have equal access to education. This means that our programs, services, and activities are accessible to students with disabilities. We provide accessible classrooms, laboratories, libraries, and other facilities. Additionally, we modify academic requirements and assessments to accommodate students with disabilities.
Discrimination against students with disabilities in admissions, academic programs, and extracurricular activities is prohibited at CALUMS. We are committed to ensuring that our programs and services are fully accessible to all students, regardless of their disability status.
For more information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in higher education, visit the website of the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html.
The OCR is responsible for enforcing the ADA in educational settings, including colleges and universities. On their website, you can find information about the ADA and its application to higher education, as well as guidance for colleges and universities on how to comply with the law.