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Disability Defined

Who is a person with a disability?
A person who qualifies for services provided by the Princeton University Office of Disability Services (ODS) is one who meets the requirements for disabilities as defined by federal law, specifically the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) as amended and the Rehabilitation Act, and state law, chiefly the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. Reasonable accommodations are provided to students with a physical or mental impairment that causes a material deficit in functioning, in comparison to most people.  
Temporary disabilities
The Office of Disability Services (ODS) recognizes that students with temporary illnesses or injuries are often in need of services or accommodations similar to those with on-going disabilities in order to maintain their academic program requirements. Students should first contact University Health Services or another professional for an evaluation.  If academic accommodations are needed based on this evaluation, students should contact ODS. Students requesting housing accommodations due to a temporary impairment should contact Dean Bryant Blount in the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students (ODUS).  For more information, go to Temporary Disabilities.