Binghamton University has a legal and ethical responsibility to ensure the provision of accommodations that afford enrolled students with disabilities equal access to, and participation in, all institutional programs and activities.
The goal of academic accommodations is to facilitate equitable access for all course-related activities. SSD is the appropriate entity on campus for determining and authorizing equal access accommodations. It is the legal responsibility of the instructors to implement the authorized accommodations.
ADA defines disability as: a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual; a record of such an impairment; or being regarded as having such an impairment.
What is a major life activity?
"...major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working." ... "a major life activity also includes the operation of a major bodily function, including but not limited to, functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions."