What Constitutes a Disability?

What Constitutes a Disability?

CEU, the Dean of Students Office, and the Disability Services Officer strive to ensure that all CEU students, irrespective of their background, make the most of their academic and personal experience at CEU in Vienna and Budapest. In the case of students with disabilities, it is our strong belief that a disability should not put any student in a disadvantage compared to the student’s peers in either facet of their lives at CEU. We take all the necessary steps to ensure a usable, equitable, inclusive and sustainable environment free from discrimination on the basis of disability. Here, we explain what is considered a disability according to CEU’s Student Disability Policy. A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, including but not limited to: caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, walking, standing, speaking, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating and working. The Disability Services Officer provides advice and guidance to students with permanent or temporary disabilities in the process of requesting accommodations from the university. The following are general categories (by no means an exhaustive list).

  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Hearing impairments (including deafness)
  • Speech or language impairments
  • Visual impairments (including blindness)
  • Emotional disturbance (while this is an IDEA eligibility, it is not a medical diagnosis)
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Autism
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities (dyslexia, developmental aphasia, etc.)