Accessibility/Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) provides broad nondiscrimination protection in employment, public services, and public accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (opens new window) prohibits discrimination against an otherwise qualified individual with a disability in any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance. Section 504 is enforced by, among others, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) (opens new window).

The Office of Equity & Compliance coordinates disability services for all employees and applicants for employment. It is the policy of Southwest to provide access to all regardless of disability, and we fully comply with all laws that ensure equal opportunities for persons with disability. If you are a disabled applicant or employee who desires a reasonable accommodation, contact the Office of Equity & Compliance. You may also download the Reasonable Accommodation Form (PDF) [Size: 225 KB], requires Adobe Reader (opens new window) for employees to begin the process.

Student Disability Services coordinates the college wide services for students with documented disabilities. These services, include but are not limited to:

  • Arranging for accommodations in classrooms and activities on campus
  • Helping faculty and staff to better understand physical, mental and learning disabilities and provide them with effective methods of working with students.
  • Ensuring assistive technology is available when necessary.
  • Helping students with study skills and organizational skills, books in alternative formats.