skip to main content

Disability Laws

Laws you Need to Know

Two significant pieces of legislation address the needs of individuals with disabilities on the college campus. These are the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities and mandates actions that must be taken to facilitate equal opportunity.

The most important provision of the act is Section 504, which states that:
"No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States...shall, solely by reason of his handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

Simply stated, this means that all college programs and activities must be accessible to people with disabilities.

The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990. ADA extends and expands upon the rights guaranteed under Section 504.

ADA/504 Coordinator
Tamara Mariotti, Coordinator of Disability Services
Phone: 315-731-5702
Utica Campus
Disability Services Office
Payne Hall Room 104H
Phone: 315-792-5644

Learning & ADHD Disabilities:
Katelyn Ouderkirk, Transition Support Specialist
Phone: 315-792-5413

Other Disabilities:
Tamara Mariotti, Coordinator of Disability Services
Phone: 315-731-5702

Testing Accommodations:
John Burns, Accommodations Specialist

Rome Campus
Student Services Office
Plumley Complex A30
Phone: 315-334-7709

 Grace Costello
Disability Services Specialist
Phone: 315- 334-7744

Jenny Spinelli
Phone: 315-334-7703