Veterans with Disabilities

Contact Us

La Plata Campus
Ternita Kassim
Phone: 301-539-4720

Leonardtown Campus
Megan Rabie
Phone: 240-725-5420

Prince Frederick Campus
Renata Zgorski
Phone: 443-550-6009
Fax: 443-550-6100

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of a disability. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in employment, public accommodations, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications (42 U.S.C. § 12102).

Even if you do not qualify as an individual with a disability under the Veterans Administration (VA), you might qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

What is a disability under ADA?

A disability under the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 is defined as:

“(A) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual;”

“(B) a record of such an impairment; or”

“(C) being regarded as having such an impairment.”

Major life activities include:

  • Caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working, and learning, sleeping, lifting, bending, reading, concentrating, thinking, and communicating.
  • 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.

Hidden Disabilities*

(disabilities that may be unidentified)

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Hearing Loss
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Brain Injury
  • Depression
  • Heart Conditions
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Vision Impairments

*This is not an exhaustive list.

What are accommodations in the postsecondary environment?

Postsecondary institutions are required to make academic adjustments (accommodations) for eligible students with disabilities who are “otherwise qualified.”

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) interprets a qualified student with a disability as one “who meets the academic and technical standards requisite for admission or participation in the institution’s educational program or activity.“

Reasonable accommodations are determined based on documentation provided by the student, on a case by
case basis.

Some examples* of accommodations include:

  • Extended time on exams
  • Use of digital recorder for lectures/labs
  • Testing in a distraction-reduced setting
  • Preferential seating
  • Access to instructor notes
  • Assistive technology
  • Books in alternate format
  • Use of computer for written exams

Requesting Disability Support Services

  • Contact Disability Support Services (DSS) by email or phone
  • Attend intake meeting with DSS Coordinator
  • Provide appropriate documentation
  • Complete intake paperwork

Maryland Resources for Student Veterans

On-Campus Resources

Veterans Affairs
La Plata: 301-539-7656
Leonardtown: 240-725-5421
Prince Frederick: 443-550-6131

Student Veterans Lounge
La Plata Campus, Learning Resource Center (LR Building), Room 103

Financial Assistance
La Plata: 301-934-7531
Leonardtown: 240-725-5304
Prince Frederick: 443-550-6005

Student Success Services
La Plata: 301-934-7612
Leonardtown: 240-725-5329
Prince Frederick: 443-550-6024

Advising, Career, and Transfer Services
La Plata: 301-934-7574
Leonardtown: 240-725-5320
Prince Frederick: 443-550-6026

Continuing Education and Workforce Development

Testing Center
La Plata: 301-934-7657
Leonardtown: 240-725-5340
Prince Frederick: 443-550-6040

Counseling Services
La Plata: 301-934-7577
Leonardtown: 240-725-5328
Prince Frederick: 443-550-6169

Public Safety and Preparedness
La Plata: 301-934-7888, ext. 7909
Leonardtown: 240-725-5333, ext. 5333
Prince Frederick: 443-550-6033, ext. 6033

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