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Accessibility Training for Teaching Assistants at USC: Home

Organized and developed by a collaboration between Undergraduate Student Government (USG), Graduate Student Government (GSG) and USC Libraries as a resource for acccessibility training for teaching assistants.

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Disability 101 at USC

Disability 101 at USC

What is the definition of a disability?

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA 2008), an individual with a disability is someone who experiences or lives with an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, or who is regarded as, or has a history of being regarded as, an individual with a disability.

Major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working.

Major Bodily Functions include, but are not limited to, functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.

The ADAAA includes in its coverage individuals who experience episodic conditions, or conditions in remission, which when active, would constitute a disabling condition.  Further, there is a widely recognized list of per se disabilities that would typically result in that individual being considered an individual with a disability.  The law favors broad coverage of disability status, and individuals with disabilities.

Laws and Codes

  • The ADA(link is external) (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities by public entities. 
    • Title II of ADA(link is external) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in all services, programs, and activities provided to the public by State and local governments
    • Title III of ADA(link is external) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in the activities of places of public accommodations such as schools
  • The Rehabilitation Act of 1973(link is external) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs run by federal agencies
    • Section 504 covers accommodation by disability service offices, such as DSP, to serve students' disability needs
    • Section 508 covers access to accessible content such as software, videos, and documents during the time of creatio

USC’s Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Accessibility and ADA Compliance

USC's Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Accessibility and ADA Compliance is USC's top administrator for accessibility. This position is currently held by Christine Street.

This position is charged with ensuring regulatory compliance and oversight of all matters related to access and accommodation for individuals with disabilities, in collaboration with schools, divisions, governmental agencies, and advocacy groups supporting students, faculty, staff and visitors. This charge includes, but is not limited to:

  • Oversight of disability-related support services and educational resources
  • Development of policies and procedures for services, access and accommodations
  • Coordination of educational programs and training on disability-related topics
  • Oversight of regulatory compliance activities
  • Guidance and evaluation of efforts to improve access
  • Ongoing consultation with organizations representing individuals with disabilities
  • Enforcement of appropriate accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities
  • Coordination with the Accessibility Advisory Committee, which exists to help identify the barriers experienced by students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities; to help prioritize barrier removal; to offer advice and guidance on other issues related to ADA; and to recommend cost and feasibility studies so as to arrive at the most cost-effective and efficient means of achieving barrier removal
  • Oversight of the university’s open-ended ADA transition plan, which identifies needed barrier removal projects and places them on an implementation timeline
  • Coordination with Facilities Management Services as to barrier removal projects