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Disability Resources

As a public institution that receives federal funding, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is required to comply with the Americans’ with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Health Science Center is committed to providing a campus which is accessible to everyone. The information found below is intended to introduce your rights under these laws as well as present the UTHSC’s responsibilities.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Prohibited under Section 504 and the ADA?

Both Section 504 and the ADA prohibit covered entities from discriminating against persons with disabilities in the provision of benefits or services or the conduct of programs or activities on the basis of their disability.

Section 504 applies to programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title II of the ADA covers all of the services, programs, and activities conducted by public entities (state and local governments, departments, agencies, etc.), including licensing.

What is a "physical or mental impairment?"
Physical or mental impairments include, but are not limited to: visual, speech, and hearing impairments; mental retardation, emotional illness, and specific learning disabilities; cerebral palsy; epilepsy; muscular dystrophy; multiple sclerosis; orthopedic conditions; cancer; heart disease; diabetes; and contagious and noncontagious diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV disease (whether symptomatic or asymptomatic).
Who do I contact for information related to accommodations for students with disabilities? 

Students seeking accommodations based on the impact of a disability must self-disclose, register and officially request accommodations with Student Academic Support Services. All requests for accommodations must be submitted with supporting documentation, which is then reviewed for reasonableness. Please refer to SASSI's Disability Services page for information regarding the documentation guidelines and procedures for officially requesting services. To set up an appointment to discuss specific needs, please contact the Disability Coordinator in SASSI at 901.448.5056. All conversations regarding requests for accommodations are confidential. 

Who do I contact for accommodations for any other program, event or service outside of the classroom?
The Office of Access and Compliance is responsible for the campus’ compliance with the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. We also have an ADA Advisory Committee committed to providing equal access on our campus. If you have any concerns, requests, or complaint in these areas of the law, please contact the Office of Access and Compliance by calling 901.448.2112.
Feb 1, 2024