Penn State Harrisburg


To be eligible for services from Student DisAbility Resources, you must have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973. ADAAA and Section 504 define a person with a disability as anyone who has a physical or mental impairment (diagnosis) which substantially limits one or more major life activities. A complete description of information needed to document a disability is available at Documentation Guidelines.

Major life activities include but are not limited to caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working are major life activi­ties sitting, standing, bending, communicating, lifting, reaching, sleeping, eating, reading and mental/emotional processes such as thinking, concentrating and interacting with others. Congress broadened the definition of major life activities to include the operation of major bodily functions, such as the functions of the immune system; normal cell growth; and digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine and reproductive functions.

Student DisAbility Resources is responsible for verifying eligibility for services; in consultation with the student, determining accommodations; and developing plans for providing accommodations. Students with disabilities might also be eligible for auxiliary services including access to assistive technology, textbooks in alternate format (text-to-audio), note-taking assistance, ASL interpreters, closed captioning, and listening devices.