The Americans with Disablities Act (ADA) and Higher Education

Emory University is committed to providing access to its programs, services and activities and seeks full inclusion of individuals with disabilities.

There are two laws that govern the responsibilities of institutions of higher education towards individuals with disabilities: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its 2008 revisions. These Acts were designed to remove barriers and provide access to spaces and programs to qualified individuals. For basic information on the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 see The American Psychological Association summary and guidance: http://www.apa.org/pi/disability/dart/legal/ada-basics.aspx.

Since the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1973 when all students in public education settings were granted free, appropriate educational opportunities, many students with disabilities have  been able to take advantage of post-secondary studies and programs. Assessment, diagnosis and intervention in the K-12 years have mitigated many of the effects of the disability. For this reason, more students are entering competitive institutions, like Emory College, as well as programs of post-secondary studies.