UAC Historical Perspective

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 requires that no qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of that disability, be excluded from participating in or be denied the benefits of the programs, services, or use of facilities or be subject to any discrimination. This is a continuation of University efforts under the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, Section 504.

There may be situations where the ADA requires the University to remove structural barriers in order to achieve program and service accessibility. To achieve this objective, a comprehensive survey of facilities and programs was conducted to determine if any programs and services are adversely impacted by structural barriers. Academic and support facilities have been surveyed at University Park and other campus locations. This survey included 626 major buildings totaling more than 18 million gross square feet. Additionally, as situations affecting current faculty, staff, and students with disabilities are identified, UAC will review those situations on a case-by-case basis.