Emmanuel has a desire and a legal and educational obligation to provide equal access to College resources, coursework, programs, and activities as well as employment opportunities for all qualified individuals in compliance with federal disability law, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. These laws provide a framework for qualified individuals with documented disabilities to request reasonable accommodations needed to participate in a program or place of employment.
The ADA/Section 504 Coordinator is responsible for establishing disability eligibility criteria, making disability eligibility determinations, and establishing appropriate Reasonable Accommodations for students, employees, and visitors, as appropriate. The ADA/Section 504 Coordinator is also responsible for monitoring the College’s compliance with ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Reasonable accommodations are defined as adjustments or modifications that enable a qualified individual with a documented disability to participate as fully as possible in an educational program or place of employment. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are customarily done that allows and individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job functions, or enjoy equal access to benefits available to other individuals in the workplace. Reasonable accommodations may include changes to activities, programs, coursework, events, work environment, meals and/or housing, so long as it does not modify essential functions of the job or fundamentally alter academic requirements that are essential to the academic program, practice, course, or standard of instruction, or result in undue financial or administrative burdens on the institution.
Reasonable accommodations are distinguished from services of a personal nature, which Emmanuel does not provide, but the student may choose to employ. Such services of a personal nature may include individual assistants or coaches.
Examples of covered conditions under this policy include, but are not limited to: Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); autism spectrum disorders (ASD); chronic medical conditions (cystic fibrosis, diabetes); learning disabilities; mental health disabilities (bipolar disorder, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder); mobility disabilities (use of wheelchair or other assistive device); neurological disorders (traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, motor or tic disorders); orthopedic disabilities (bone or muscle disorders, connective tissue disorders); and sensory disabilities (hearing, vision). In addition, Temporary Medical Conditions (TMCI) such as injuries, acute illnesses, surgeries, pregnancy and/or related medical conditions, and breastfeeding and expelling breastmilk, may not qualify as permanent disabling conditions. However, we do provide assistance to students and guidance on working with a temporary medical condition while attending Emmanuel, and we would be happy to meet with you to discuss your requests.