Determining Disability

An individual is considered to have a disability if he/she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits major life activity, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment. (From the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended in 2008.)

Disabilities fall into four major areas:

  • Cognitive: such as ADD, ADHD, learning disability, processing disorder
  • Mental Health: such as depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, PTSD
  • Medical: such as cancer, AIDS, allergies, digestive disorders, diabetes, heart disease, migraine
  • Physical: such as vision, hearing, loss of limb, cerebral palsy, mobility

The Disability Services Coordinator works with students with chronic and acute disabilities to provide reasonable academic and non-academic accommodations of a long-term or temporary nature.

Disclosure of disability is a personal choice students may or may not exercise. Students who choose not to disclose this information are not able to take advantage of disability services offered through the Disability Services Office (DSO). Students are encouraged to self-disclose disability information and to provide the disability services coordinator (DSC) with reasonable documentation. Through self-disclosure, both the student and the College can make informed decisions about the suitability of Lynchburg College for the student’s collegiate pursuits.


Julia R. Timmons
Disability Services Coordinator
1501 Lakeside Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24501
434.544.8687 or 434.544.8339
Fax 434.544.8808