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Office of Accessibility

Eligibility for Services

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) defines a disability as a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. All students with documented disabilities are eligible for services.

Some examples of disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Chronic Medical Illness
  • Hearing Impairments
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mobility Impairments
  • Mental Health Disabilities
  • Speech Impairments
  • Visual Impairments 

Accommodations and Services

Accommodations are reasonable adjustments to the classroom and campus that help ensure you have equal access to your education at Winthrop. Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis considering the limitations caused by the disability as documented by a qualified health services provider. Based on your documentation, you may be eligible for a variety of accommodations, including but not limited to:

  • Accessible Desks and Tables
  • Assistive Technology
  • Braille and Large Print
  • Notetakers
  • Priority Registration 
  • Professor Notification of Accommodations 
  • Residence Hall Accommodations 
  • Sign-Language Interpreting
  • Test-Taking Accommodations
  • Textbooks in Alternative Media

Independence is the primary goal in providing services for students with disabilities, and students are encouraged to use services as a support to accomplish their academic goals. Students should be aware that while accommodations are intended to remove barriers to learning, they do not ensure success.

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