Services for Students with Disabilities Mission Statement:

Fresno Pacific University values the diversity of students with disabilities and is committed to providing equal access and opportunity for all students.  Students with documented disabilities can expect to have their privacy protected while being assured of reasonable and appropriate accommodations for all educational experiences.  The Academic Support Center serves as the liaison between faculty and students in the coordination of academic accommodations and services.

Definition of a disability:

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a person with a disability is one who

  • Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major activity*
  • Has a record or history of such an impairment
  • Is regarded as having such an impairment

*Major life activities include, but are not limited to, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, caring for oneself and performing manual tasks. These impairments may exist in those with chronic health impairments, learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, physical disabilities, etc.

Three main categories of disabilities:

  • Physical
    • Obvious physical disabilities and injuries
    • Blind/low vision
    • Deaf/hard of hearing
    • Chronic illness
  • Cognitive
    • Learning disabilities
    • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Emotional/Social

All disabilities are covered equally by the ADA.