Who Qualifies for Disability Services?

Individuals are considered a qualified student with a disability if they meet the academic/technical standards and essential eligibility requirements. 

Students must disclose their disability to the Disability Services Coordinator (DSC) and provide requested documentation in order to be considered for accommodation. The DSC is available to assist students in identifying their needs by providing accommodations and support services which give them the opportunity to achieve academic success and personal growth while at LC.

All students are expected to follow the Lynchburg College Honor and Behavioral code. A disability does not excuse infractions of either of these codes.  

You are a student with disabilities if you:

  • have a physical, health, learning, or mental health impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities such as caring for yourself, performing manual tasks, walking, sitting, standing, lifting, reaching, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, or working;
  • have a record of such an impairment, or 
  • are regarded as having such an impairment.

You may have disabilities such as:

  • mobility impairments
  • sensory or speech impairments
  • cosmetic disfigurements
  • mental illness
  • developmental disabilities
  • learning disabilities
  • ADHD or ADD
  • neurological impairments
  • psychological impairments
  • physical impairments
  • chronic health impairments
  • temporary conditions such as injury, short-term conditions, surgery, etc.

Disabilities are grouped into two general categories by the ADA:

  • Cognitive and Mental Health Disability - any mental or psychological disorder, such as organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, ADHD/ADD and specific learning disabilities.
  • Medical/Health Related or Physical/Motor (Physiological) Disabilities: "Health-related needs" refers to any of a variety of physiological/medical disorders or conditions which impact a major life activity. Physical or motor disabilities refers to those individuals with an orthopedic impairment, brain injury, or other health impairment which interferes with or substantially limits the individual's ability to take part in routine school activities. Conditions which affect body systems (sensory, musculoskeletal, digestion, immune function, respiration, circulation, endocrine functions, etc.) are included.