The Catholic University of America

 Disability Information




Determining Eligibility


A person is considered to be an individual with a disability and protected by the law if he/she has a disability, has a record of having a disability or (for certain purposes) is regarded as having a disability. 

A qualified student with a disability means an individual who, with reasonable modifications or “accommodations” (if necessary) to rules, policies or practices, the removal of barriers or the provision of auxiliary aids and services, meets the eligibility requirements for the receipt of services and the participation in programs or activities.


Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the needs of the student, the course standards and essential requirements, and the educational environment.  


While the ADAAA does not specifically define types of disabilities, the more common categories include:

  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Asperger's or PDD
  • Blind or Low Vision
  • Chronic Health (i.e.Chrones, Lyme Disease, IBS, Chemical Sensitivity, Heart, Kidney or Liver Issues, Severe Headaches and Severe Allergies)
  • Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Emotional/Psychiatric
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Physical
  • Traumatic/Acquired Brain Injury

Documentation must clearly indicate that there is a substantial limitation to one ore more major life activity.

Go to DSS Documentation Guidelines for more information