MCC Daily Tribune

Disability Awareness Month

In 1988, the United States Congress declared October as National Disability Awareness Month, to raise awareness of the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. The Counseling Center and Disability Services office will be celebrating our commitment to supporting students with their future goals and aspirations throughout the month.

The Counseling Center and Disability Services office wants to recognize the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In 1990, the ADA was signed into law to affirm the dignity of every person, regardless of disability. The law prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life (schools, jobs, transportation, places open to the general public).

An individual with a disability, defined by the ADA, is a person who:

  • has a physical or mental impairment; or
  • has a history or record of such an impairment; or
  • is regarded as having such an impairment, which substantially limits one or more major life activities such as self-care, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, or learning.

    Substantially Limits: Unable to perform or significantly restricted as compared to persons without such disability.

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

For additional information, please refer to the legal obligations.

To recognize the 30th anniversary of the ADA, the Counseling Center and Disabiltiy Services office will be highlighting ways to recognize Disabiltiy Awareness month.

Lee, Stephanie
Counseling Center & Disability Services