To request accommodations, students should contact the Disability Services office and set up an initial meeting with a staff member. During the collaborative meeting, information will be shared about the nature of the disability and barriers to equal access. Some accommodations require significant lead time, such as scheduling sign language interpreters, so students should begin the request process well in advance of the start of their first academic semester.
Information shared during the initial meeting will be the primary source for the determination of reasonable accommodations. Secondary sources may include information from a medical professional, the results of psychoeducational testing, the results of a response-to-intervention plan, a 504 Plan or IEP, documentation from the VA, a completed verification form from our office or another form of information about the disability. Since each student and each disability is uniquely different, we cannot know what will be needed in order to determine reasonable accommodations in advance of the initial meeting. Students are welcome to bring any documentation they have to the initial meeting.
Students should be prepared to discuss the impact of their disability in the academic environment, their history of accommodations and the accommodations being requested. This information, with the results of the documentation review, will help determine reasonable accommodations for the student.
When decisions are made regarding accommodations, accommodation letters are prepared and emailed to the student and their instructors. Students should be prepared to discuss the impact of their disability and how the requested accommodations will support them in the classroom with their individual instructors. Accommodations will not be put in place until students have completed the initial meeting. Students must request accommodation letters for each successive semester.
Please contact Disability Services with any questions at 864-503-5199.