Laws Regarding Disabilities

Students with documented disabilities are entitled to receive reasonable accommodations or auxiliary aids that will enable them to participate in and benefit from all educational programs and activities of Auburn University at Montgomery.

It is the student's responsibility to request accommodations and to provide appropriate documentation regarding his disability(ies). To be eligible for services, students must submit to the Center for Disability Services current documentation by a qualified provider outlining the disability(ies).

Definition of Terms

A person with a disability is an individual with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. An individual is considered to be a person with a disability if he/she:


  • Has a disability.
  • Has a history of a disability.
  • Is perceived by others as having a disability.


Rehabilitation Act of 1973

"No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States...shall solely by reason of his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Under the provisions of Section 504, public universities receiving federal funds are not permitted to:


  • Limit the admissions of otherwise qualified students with disabilities.
  • Make pre-admission inquiries as to whether an applicant is disabled.
  • Exclude an otherwise qualified student with a disability from any course of study.
  • Provide less financial assistance to students with disabilities than is provided to non-disabled students, or limit eligibility for scholarship on the basis of disability.
  • Counsel students with disabilities into more restrictive career paths than are recommended to non-disabled students.
  • Measure student achievement using modes which adversely discriminate against a student with a disability.
  • Establish rules and policies that have the effect of limiting participation of students with disabilities in educational programs or activities.


Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990

Provisions of the ADA


  • Title I. Provides for nondiscrimination in employment activities.
  • Title II.
    • Subpart A: Provides for state and local government entities and programs to be made accessible.
    • Subpart B: Provides for public transportation systems to be made fully accessible.
  • Title III. Provides for accessibility and availability of programs, goods, and services provided by private entities.
  • Title IV. Provides for telecommunication services to be made accessible to persons with hearing and speech disabilities and has specific reference to the development of telecommunications relay systems and closed-captioning technology.
  • Title V. Provides for miscellaneous provisions that apply to all of the other titles as well.


ADA Amendments Act of 2008

Facilities Access


  • The ADA requires existing facilities of Title II entities to be accessible. AUM's compliance plan makes all existing facilities accessible to individuals with disabilities to the extent that access is readily achievable and not an undue burden.
  • For new construction or renovations, the university conforms to the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS) or the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (ADAAG), without the elevator exemption.


For further information about specialized services, eligibility requirements, and accommodations please contact the Center for Disability Services.