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Eligibility for Services


  • To be eligible for disability-related services; students must have a visibly obvious or documented disability as defined by  the Americans with Disabilities Act, Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008, and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under the ADAAA and Section 504, a person has a disability if he/she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities such as performing manual tasks, walking, standing, seeing, speaking, hearing, sleeping, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working.
  • Student Disability Resources is the designated office at Penn State University that obtains and files disability-related documents, certifies eligibility for services, determines reasonable accommodations, and develops plans for the provision of such accommodations. Students with disabilities may also be eligible for auxiliary services including access to assistive technology, textbooks in an alternative format (text to audio), note-takers, FM hearing devices, ASL interpreters and closed captioning.
  • To get a fuller idea of the documentation required to verify particular types of disabilities, please review our Documentation Guidelines