Students with diagnosed disabilities may need special consideration when it comes to student housing, of course, this is based entirely on the disability and the extent to which it prevents students from experiencing the same quality of student life as students without disabilities. Things like air-conditioning, accessible bathrooms, strobe alarm, accessible home entry way, etc. should submit a Disability Accommodation Request to CARDS (Center for Accessibility Resources & Disability Services).
CARDS defination of "disability."
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, a disability is defined as "any physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities." If you are unsure whether your particular illness or impairment qualifies as a disability, please contact CARDS directly, well in advance of the deadline.
Is registration with CARDS necessary to apply for disability-related housing?
A student, who has not previously registered with CARDS, must do prior to applying for a disability-related housing accommodation. It is common for CARDS to find that when students come in to discuss their disability-related housing concerns that there may be other types of needs (especially for students with chronic illnesses) for which CARDS registration might be helpful in the future.
CARDS is here to help disabled students find proper housing, whether it's on-campus or off-campus housing.
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