The passage of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended in 2008, has brought increased attention to the rights of persons with disabilities. The ADA and other related federal laws -- including, without limitation, Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 -- prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities as students, job applicants, employees, and users of public accommodations and services at the University of Georgia (UGA). These laws also require that UGA programs, services and activities, when viewed in their entirety, be readily accessible to and usable by qualified individuals with disabilities and require that UGA make reasonable modifications in its policies, practices, and procedures to give equal access to qualified individuals with disabilities. See:
- UGA Notice of Provision and Applicability of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.
- UGA Faculty, Staff and Job Applicants with Disabilities and related Policy Memorandum
The University of Georgia’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy (“NDAH Policy”) likewise prohibits discrimination and harassment within the University Community of individuals with disabilities.
An individual with a disability is a person who
- has a qualifying physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (e.g., walking, eating, breathing, sleeping, major bodily functions, etc.), OR
- a record of such impairment, OR
- is regarded as having such impairment.
To be qualified, an individual with a disability must meet the basic skill, education, training or other eligibility requirements of the relevant job or academic program, and must be able to perform the essential functions of the relevant job or academic program, either with or without reasonable accommodation. In other words, employment or academic standards are not lowered for persons with disabilities.
Some examples of reasonable accommodations include, but are not limited to:
- Reasonable modifications to rules, policies, or practices (e.g., adjusting exam times or methods, modified work schedule)
- Removal of architectural, communication, or transportation barriers
- Provision of assistive technology and auxiliary aids and services (e.g., interpreters, readers, note-takers)
- Modification of equipment or devices
For information on how to request disability accommodations at UGA, click here.