Pregnant/Parenting Students

Kid Studying

Is pregnancy considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

A normal pregnancy generally doesn’t qualify as a disability under the ADA, although disabling conditions associated with pregnancy (such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia) would qualify if they substantially limit one or more major life activity. Pregnant and/or parenting students who have general questions about their rights under Title IX should contact the Title IX office.

Although a normal pregnancy doesn’t qualify as a disability under ADA, the CAE provides academic accommodations for pregnant, parenting, and lactating students.

Common accommodations available to pregnant, parenting, and lactating students include:

  • Adjusted attendance requirements
  • Adjusted assignment deadlines
  • Exam accommodations (separate test environment, time compensated breaks)
  • Classroom breaks to access lactation spaces
  • Van service
  • Housing

If you are a pregnant, parenting, or lactating student and you need academic accommodations, please Apply for Accommodations. During the interactive process, a CAE Disability Specialist can work with the student to devise an accommodations plan tailored to each student’s unique needs. It should also be noted that parenting student rights also extend to male students.

If you are unsure of whether your questions or issues should be addressed by the CAE or the Title IX office, please feel free to give us a call. The CAE works closely with the Title IX office to ensure that you have access to the information and accommodations you need.