For the purpose of serving students with disabilities, the ADA defines a disability as:
- a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits the student's equal access to educational and other university programs,
- a record of having such an impairment, or
- being regarded as having one (Jarrow, 1992).
In post-secondary settings, a person must be otherwise qualified to meet academic standards required for admission despite the disability.
For more information, visit the United States Justice Department's ADA Guidelines