Eligibility for Services

Disability Services ensures equal access to George Mason University’s programs and services for qualified students with disabilities.  A qualified student with a disability is a student with a disability who meets the academic and technical standards required for admission or participation in the university’s education program and services. As defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a person has a disability if he/she:

  • has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual;
  • has a record of such an impairment; or
  • is regarded as having such an impairment.

In order to determine eligibility for services and fully evaluate requests for accommodations or auxiliary aids, Disability Services requests reasonable documentation of the reported disability. Documentation should include information about functional limitations associated with any disability.  Disability Services reviews and evaluates documentation on a case-by-case basis.

Documentation guidelines are based on the Association on Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD) description of quality disability documentation. For additional information please refer to our documentation guidelines.