Celebrate the ADA 30 (1990-2020) Americans with Disabilities Act - July 26, 2020*

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Extreme Makeover: PDF Edition

Inaccessible PDFs (files in portable document format) can be a barrier for individuals with disabilities. 
Fortunately, there are many ways to remedy this problem.
During the Extreme Makeover: PDF Edition we will go week by week and look at different ways to address this problem in order to help make our web pages more accessible.


UNC Charlotte is committed to having an accessible campus for individuals with disabilities, including students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors. Providing an accessible campus, both programmatically and physically, is considered one of the top responsibilities of our institution. In addition, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is committed to equal opportunity and to nondiscrimination in all areas in which it provides services to the community.

This website is designed to assist faculty, staff, students and the general public. We hope you will find resources that will help you gain access to UNC Charlotte and/or help you provide access for your programs and services.


Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. Section 504 states that “no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of a public entity.”

Further, in a post-secondary education setting, the term "otherwise qualified" means "a person who meets the academic and technical standards requisite to admission or participation in the education program or activity, with or without reasonable modifications to rules, policies or practices; the removal of architectural, communication or transportation barriers; or the provision of auxiliary aids and services" 34 C.F.R Part 104.

In general, a person with disability is an individual who: (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (functions such as performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, or learning); (2) has a record of physical or mental impairment; or (3) is regarded as having a substantially limiting physical or mental impairment.

Under this legislation individuals with disabilities are entitled to reasonable and appropriate accommodations to ensure equal access to education. Individuals are responsible for their own transportation, assistance with homework, coaching, mobility training, personal care attendants, and activities outside the University as well as accommodations of a personal nature or unrelated to their education.

Policy Statements

Your Rights

If you believe you have been discriminated against on the basis of disability, you are encouraged to follow the guidelines as outlined in the policy statements below.

*Credit: ADA National Network (adata.org)

Contact Us

ADA Coordinator for Students/General Public

Ms. Gena Smith, Director

Office of Disability Services
Fretwell 230
Telephone: 704‑687‑0040 TTY/V
Fax: 704‑687‑1395
Email: gsmit121@uncc.edu

ADA Contact for Faculty/Staff

Ms. Cindy Edwards

Employee Relations
Department of Human Resources
King 113A
Telephone: 704-687-0658
Fax: 704‑687‑3239
Email: ckedward@uncc.edu

ADA Compliance Officer

Ms. Susan Burgess, Director
University Compliance
Office of Legal Affairs
Cato Hall 3rd Floor

Chair, Campus Accessibility Advisory Committee

Dr. Katherine Hall-Hertel, Associate Dean
The Graduate School
Cato Hall 246