Disability Information

By federal law, a “person with a disability” is someone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. The Center for Disability Services (CDS)/SNAP serves approximately 900 students and provides them with various accommodations (e.g. academic; residential). 

The types of disabilities students at College of Charleston have include:

  • Specific learning disabilities in areas such as reading, math, written language, auditory or visual processing
  • Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder
  • Hearing disabilities
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Vision disabilities
  • Psychological disabilities such as mood, anxiety and depressive disorders, and bipolar disorder
  • Chronic health disabilities such as Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, and diabetes

Although faculty and staff do not necessarily have access to the names/labels of disabilities that their students have, information is provided below about the various disabilities and classroom modifications / accommodations that may be effective for students to gain equal access to the programs and opportunities available. It’s important to note that some of our students have multiple disabilities. Many of the ideas listed could be considered guidelines of good teaching and advantageous to any student.