Determining Disability

An individual is considered to have a disability if he/she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits major life activity, has a record of such an impairment or is regarded as having such an impairment. (From the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended in 2008.)

Disabilities fall into four major areas:

  1. Cognitive: such as ADD, ADHD, learning disability, processing disorder
  2. Mental Health: such as depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, PTSD
  3. Medical: such as cancer, AIDS, allergies, digestive disorders, diabetes, heart disease, migraine
  4. Physical: such as vision, hearing, loss of limb, cerebral palsy, mobility

Sweet Briar will work with students who have chronic and acute disabilities to provide reasonable academic, housing and dietary accommodations of a long-term or temporary nature.

Disclosure of a disability is a personal choice students may or may not exercise. Students who choose not to disclose this information are not able to take advantage of disability services offered through accessibility services. Students are encouraged to self-disclose disability information and to provide accessibility services with reasonable documentation. Through self-disclosure, both the student and the College can make informed decisions about the suitability of Sweet Briar College for the student’s collegiate pursuits.