Disability Laws in Post-Secondary Education

A student with a disability is entitled by law to equal access to University programs. There are two federal laws that protect persons with disabilities in postsecondary education: the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Pub. L. No. 93-112, as amended) and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (Pub. L. No. 101-336).

The ADA is a federal civil rights statute that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. The ADA provides additional protection for persons with disabilities in conjunction with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The ADA is designed to remove barriers that prevent qualified individuals with disabilities from enjoying the same opportunities that are available to persons without disabilities.

Disability Definitions

ADA defines a person with a disability as a person:

  • with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities,
  • who has a record of the disability,
  • or who is regarded as having a disability.

In addition, students must be "otherwise qualified." Students must be able to meet the technical and academic qualifications for entry into the school, program, or activity in order to be considered otherwise qualified.


"What is a reasonable accommodation?" - Jane E. Jarrow, Ph.D.

"When faculty are TOO accommodating!" - Jane E. Jarrow, Ph.D.


Sample Disability Service Syllabus Statement

It is college policy to provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities. If you would like to request accommodations due to a physical, mental or learning disability, please register with the Office of Academic and Disability Services which is located on the second level of Magale, office 205 in the Learning Commons. You may also request an appointment by completing the Disability Services Request Form or emailing Ashley Dehart, Coordinator of Academic and Disability Services at adehart@centenary.edu. Once I have received your Notification of Accommodation Letter(s), consider setting up an appointment with me to discuss and review your accommodations.

Contact Info

Ashley Dehart

Coordinator for Academic and Disability Services

2911 Centenary Boulevard, Shreveport, LA 71104

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy The institution does not discriminate in its educational and employment policies against any person on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or on any other basis proscribed by federal, state, or local law.