LEARN, created in 1999, serves as the advisory group to the Office of Student Accessibility and Support Services (SASS) and is committed to the SASS mission of maintaining Kenyon's high academic standards while continuing to expand accessibility for all students regardless of background, learning styles or physical attributes.
LEARN consists of faculty, students, administrators and support staff from many sectors of the College. The LEARN advisory committee meets twice each year. A faculty member and the director of SASS serve as co-chairs. LEARN members act as ambassadors to build awareness regarding universal accessibility and 504/ADA issues on campus. Specifically, LEARN members receive training and support in order to:
Current LEARN membership includes:
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services and tele-communications. The ADA is divided into five titles (or sections) that relate to different areas of public life.
In 2008, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) was signed into law and became effective on January 1, 2009. The ADAAA made a number of significant changes to the definition of “disability.” The changes in the definition of disability in the ADAAA apply to all titles of the ADA, including Title III (private entities that are considered places of public accommodation).