Eligibility for Services or Accommodations
This page discusses who is eligible for services from Disability Services. This page is a general guide only; if you think you might be eligible, please come in to talk to one of our directors!
ISU students, faculty and staff who have a disability, have a record of a disability, or are perceived as having a disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities, may all be eligible for accommodations or services by Disability Services.
Disability Services usually provides services or accommodations for three broad categories of disabilities: physical, learning, and psychological. Physical disabilities include visual impairments, hearing impairments, mobility impairments, traumatic brain injuries, and conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and many others. Learning disabilities include reading disorders such as dyslexia, writing disorders such as dysphasia, audio processing disorders, and many others. Psychological disorders include ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, autism, and many others.
Idaho State University adheres to the civil rights definition of disability that pertains to modifying non-essential elements of our academic programs. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, an individual with a disability means any person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities. Major life activities includes caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, sitting, standing, lifting and working, as well as mental and emotional processes such as thinking, concentrating and interacting with others. Disability alone isn't enough to mandate accommodations. Students must provide evidence that the disability causes a functional limitation which impacts access to University programs.
For information about documentation requirements, see our Documentation page.
ISU has a diverse community of people with disabilities, many of whom have disabilities that aren't listed above. Again, if you think you might have a disability, please come in! You may have options you didn't even know you had.