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Overview of Disability Laws

Laramie County Community College must comply with two specific laws related to individuals with disabilities. These laws are Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended. Both of these laws mandate that we cannot discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities. Our policies and procedures stem directly from this mandate.

According to the ADA, a person with a disability is one who:

  1. Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity
  2. Has a record or history of such an impairment, or
  3. Is regarded as having such an impairment.
Major life activities include, but are not limited to:
Caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, sitting, reaching, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, interacting with others, and working; and the operation of a major bodily function, including functions of the immune system, special sense organs and skin; normal cell growth; and digestive, genitourinary, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, cardiovascular, endocrine, hemic, lymphatic, musculoskeletal, and reproductive functions. The operation of a major bodily function includes the operation of an individual organ within a body system.
 
The laws (IDEA) governing special education programs in high schools are different than those governing access to programs and facilities at the post-secondary level.