Disabilities Task Force
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Definition of Terms
Access Provisions to ensure that no otherwise qualified student will be excluded from academic programs or services (i.e., web sites, distance learning courses, contracts for services such as health insurance), nor will there be architectural barriers (i.e., transportation on campus, ability to enter classrooms, gymnasiums, dormitories) or attitudinal barriers (i.e., arbitrary limits on participation in courses, recreation or other extracurricular activities) on campus.
Adaptive Equipment Devices, aids, controls, appliances or supplies of either a communication or adaptive type, determined necessary to enable the person to increase his or her ability to function in a home and community based setting with independence and safety.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Signed into law to protect individuals with disabilities against discrimination in employment; in programs operated by city, county and state entities; public and private transportation, public accommodations and telecommunication services.
Assistive Technology Item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities.
Assessment The process of describing, collecting, recording, scoring and interpreting information about a student's learning.