What is a Disability?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a person with a disability as any person who:

  • Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities
  • Has a record of such an impairment
  • Is regarded as having such an impairment

“Impairments” include:

  • attention deficit disorder
  • chronic medical conditions
  • learning disabilities
  • neurological disorders
  • orthopedic impairments
  • psychological disorders
  • sensory impairments (hearing/vision)
  • traumatic brain injury

Major life activities include:

  • breathing
  • caring for oneself
  • hearing
  • learning
  • performing manual tasks
  • seeing
  • speaking
  • walking
  • working

If you are experiencing difficulties with one or more of these activities, or are experiencing educational difficulties due to a possible disability, please consider contacting our office to meet with someone to discuss options.  We can meet with you to help determine what type of testing or assessments you may need, if any, and how our office can be of service.

We do not offer learning disability or ADHD assessments.  If you would like information about an off-campus referral, please call us at 607-254-4545 to schedule a meeting with an SDS counselor to discuss the type of assessment that you are seeking. We will provide information about local referrals.

If you would like to request disabilities services or accommodations, please follow the steps to register with our office.