Clinical depression and bipolar disorder can indeed be considered a disability under the ADA. The key though is whether the condition that substantially limits a major life activity. The Act does include transitory conditions as well that while they are active limits a major life activity. As long as the institution is not a wholly private institution that does not receive any funds whatsoever, including student loan
money, from the Federal Government, then they come under the law.
If you would like to learn more about your daughter's rights and the law you can go to the website for the Department of Education,Office of Civil Rights
and their discussion of the ADA at: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/rights/guid/ocr/disability.html
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