ADA: Disability versus Temporary Condition


The University of Mary Washington is committed to providing equal opportunity to all academically qualified students and complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The Office of Disability Resources provides services for students who qualify as “a person with a disability”.  A “person with a disability” is defined by law as anyone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Disabling conditions may include, but are not limited to, chronic health impairments (such as AIDS, seizure disorders, muscular dystrophy, arthritis, heart disease, respiratory conditions), blindness/visual impairments, specific learning disability conditions/dyslexia, attention deficit disorders, speech/language impairments, and physical disabilities. The function of the Office of Disability Resources is to assist the University of Mary Washington in providing equal opportunity obligations for students with disabilities.


Students may experience temporary medical conditions, which briefly impact or interfere with their academic participation (i.e., a broken limb, tendonitis, short-term illness, etc.) yet do not substantially limit one or more major life activity. Students with temporary medical conditions should communicate directly with their instructors.  For additional support students can contact Academic Services, 540-654-1010.

*The Office of Disability Resources has no authority in the area of temporary conditions.