Federal Law, specifically the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, assures equal educational opportunity. By federal law, a person with a disability is any person who:
- has a physical or mental impairment;
- has a record of such impairment; and
- is regarded as having such an impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities such as walking, standing, seeing, speaking, breathing, taking care of oneself, learning.
The Office of Accommodative Services at Clarkson University is the designated office responsible for maintaining disability related documentation, certifying eligibility for receipt of services, determining reasonable accommodations, and ensuring the provision of those services.