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The Americans with Disabilities Act

Virginia Tech is committed to a policy of non-discrimination in employment and education, and complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities act of 1990 (ADA), Amendment Act of 2008, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities.

The Americans with Disabilities Act 

The Act provides protection from discrimination for individuals on the basis of disability.  The ADA extends civil rights protection for people with disabilities to employment in the public and private sectors, transportation, public accommodations, services provided by state and local government, and telecommunications services.  Besides physical access, the ADA mandates program access, which includes electronic media and web pages.

Who is considered an “Individual with a Disability”?

According to the ADA, an “individual with a disability” is defined as anyone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.*  

This includes but is not limited to:

  • Bending
  • Breathing
  • Caring for Oneself
  • Communicating
  • Concentrating
  • Hearing
  • Learning
  • Lifting
  • Manual Tasks
  • Reading
  • Seeing
  • Sleeping
  • Speaking
  • Standing
  • Thinking
  • Walking



This also includes impairment of major bodily functions including the functioning of the immune system, special sense organs, and skin, normal cell growth, digestive system , urinary  system, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, cardiovascular, endocrine, hemic, lymphatic, musculoskeletal, and reproductive functions, as well as the operation of an individual organ within a body system. This definition also includes psychological and learning disabilities, and chronic health impairments.

For more information and a more detailed definition, please visit: 

U.S. Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act Homepage



* The given definition has been updated to include revisions from the ADA Amendments Act, January 1, 2009.


Contact Us

University ADA Services
North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318)
300 Turner St. NW
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-9331
Fax: 540-231-3830

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