Office of Disability Services: On-Campus Programs
For the purpose of higher education, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a disability as a significant impairment of one or more major life activities. Major life activities include but are not limited to: performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, digesting, sleeping, and learning. ADA requires reasonable accommodations to address major life activities as a way to overcome barriers that limit opportunities for otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities. Examples of reasonable accommodations include: extended test time, low distraction testing, preferential seating, use of assistive technology, and housing modifications. Recommended interventions include: tutoring referrals, referrals for service, and case management services.
Eligibility Criteria and Documentation Requirements
To determine the eligibility of educational accommodations, appropriate documentation is required. Documentation presented must be written and signed by a qualified educational, medical, and/or mental health provider (including their professional credentials and contact information), and include the following:
- Diagnostic Impressions (including how the diagnosis may be a disabling condition and the functional limitations resulting from the disability).
- Relevant Educational, Developmental, and/or Medical/Mental Health History.
- Recommendations of Specific Educational Accommodations w/Supporting Evidence.
Educational and/or treatment records (i.e. 504 Plan, IEP, medical records, etc.) may also be provided, but does not serve as a substitute for a written letter or evaluation completed by a qualified provider.
Steps to Request Educational Accommodations
1) Gather appropriate documentation by a qualified provider and submit it to the Office of Disability Services. Submission can be accomplished by email, fax, mail, and/or in-person delivery.
3) After review of submitted paperwork, ODS will contact the student to schedule a 30-minute meeting to discuss the decision regarding eligibility, the possible implementation of accommodations, and any recommendations for interventions.
If eligibility criteria are met, accommodations are activated within two business days. Notification is sent via email to the student and the faculty of the student’s current course load. It is advised that the student meet with each instructor to discuss the implementation of their accommodations for the semester. The student is encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services with any questions and/or concerns regarding their accommodations. Please Note: Accommodations must be activated each semester with the Office of Disability Services.