Definition of Terms

  1. Disability means a physical or mental impairment of an individual that limits one or more of the major life activities and requires either a record of such an impairment, or documentation of having been regarded as having such an impairment.
  2. Individual with a disability shall refer to:
    1. any person who has a physical or mental impairment that limits one or more of the major life activities of such individual,
    2. any person who has a record of such impairment, or
    3. any person who is regarded as having such impairment.
  3. Qualified individual with a disability shall mean an individual with a disability who:
    1. meets the academic and technical standards requisite for admission or participation in the education programs of the CSU campuses. This includes students with disabilities participating in clinical or field placements that are offered as part of a program€™s field of study.
    2. meets the essential eligibility requirements for the receipt of services or the participation in programs or activities provided by a public entity regardless of:
    3. reasonable modifications to rules, policies, or practices
    4. the provision of auxiliary aids and services
    5. the removal of architectural, communication, or transportation barriers.
      1. Visual Limitation: Blindness or partial sight to the degree that it impedes the educational process and may necessitate accommodations, support services, or programs.
      2. Communication Disability: Limitations in the speech and/or hearing processes that impede the educational process and may necessitate accommodations, support services, or programs.
      3. Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Limitation in the hearing process that impedes the educational process and necessitates accommodations, support services, or programs. Students in this category may require communication accommodation such as oral or sign language interpreters, note taking services, or real-time captioning services.
      4. Mobility Limitation: Limitation in locomotion or motor functions that indicates a need for accommodations, support services, or programs. Included in this category are persons who have asthma, cardiovascular problems, or other physical limitations that restrict the ability to function without accommodations in the campus environment.
      5. Learning Disability: A generic term that refers to the heterogeneous group of disorders manifested by difficulties in the acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, or mathematical abilities due to neurological dysfunction. Even though a learning disability may exist concomitantly with other disabling conditions (e.g., sensory impairments) or environmental influences (e.g., cultural/language differences or conditions defined in the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), the learning disability is no the direct result of those conditions or influences. The assessment and documentation standards for assessing learning disabilities and the need for support services conform to national standards.
      6. Other Functional Limitations: Any other disability, such as dysfunction of a body part or process or a neurological or psychological disability that necessitates accommodations, support services, or programs, and that does not fall within the categories listed above.