Accessibility Services: Office of Accessibility
The Office of Accessibility provides students with disabilities with reasonable accommodations and services to assist them in accessing the curriculum and school environment. Students with either permanent or temporary disabilities may be eligible for a variety of support services
We offer a variety of services that students with either permanent or temporary disabilities can benefit from. Some services for students with disabilities include:
1. Books in alternative format
2. Testing accommodations
4. Materials in Braille
5. Alternative media
6. Assistive technology
7. Support and advocacy
Receiving An Accommodation
Please put your request in at least three weeks before accommodations are needed as some services require considerable review. Review our accommodation approval process and fill out the correct forms to initiate your accommodation application. Links are provided below.
Eligibility Process – Streamlined For You
The eligibility process is a 3-part process. Accommodations are arranged with the Office of Accessibility Coordinator on each campus through a review of documentation, consideration of the request, and meeting with the student. Accommodations will be provided based on your individual needs and we have simplified the documentation process to make it convenient for you. The 3 steps are not dependent on one another, they can be completed in any order but all three steps need to be completed in order to be eligible to receive accommodations.
In order to be eligible for accommodations, students must have a disability, as defined by the ADA – a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (including but not limited to walking, talking, hearing, seeing, or learning); a record (or past history) of such an impairment; or being regarded as having a disability.
Students will need to self-identify as a person with a disability, requesting accommodations to the Office of Accessibility Campus Coordinator. Self-identification is required for all students attending a post-secondary institution that wish to receive accommodations.
Self-identification can be done by either filling out the Intake Form and submitting it to the OOA Campus Coordinator or by making an appointment with the OOA Coordinator to discuss accommodations and fill out the form. New students are encouraged to request accommodations as early as possible prior to the start of classes. Current students can request accommodations at any time but are encouraged to do so as soon as they become aware of a need. Requesting accommodations well in advance is important as some services require considerable advance planning and coordination.
Students requesting accommodations must provide verification of disability. It is the responsibility of each student to provide a comprehensive evaluation, verifying the disabling condition and resulting limitations. Documentation must validate the need for accommodations based on the individuals’ current level of functioning.
The professional must indicate recommended learning and/or physical accommodations necessary to assist the disability. It is the student’s responsibility to provide or pay for the cost of this documentation. In addition to a description of the disability and objective evidence of a substantial limitation, the professional must include a rationale for the specific accommodation that is supported by the documentation.
The Verification Form: Medical and Physical Disabilities and/or the Verification Form: Psychiatric and Learning Disabilities can fulfill the documentation requirement.
After consultation with the coordinator of the Office of Accessibility, students may be requested to submit additional documentation that will assist in clarifying the most appropriate level of service.
The student meeting is an important part of the eligibility process. During the meeting, the coordinator will learn first-hand the educational and functional barriers the student is experiencing. Also, the student and coordinator will work collaboratively to determine reasonable accommodations and ensure the accommodations are congruent with the educational outcomes identified by the academic program.
Forms for Documenting Disability:
It is the responsibility of each student to provide a comprehensive evaluation that verifies the disabling condition and resulting limitations. This documentation must be from a professional qualified to diagnose and treat the disability and validity must reflect the student’s current level of functioning.
Contact Your Local Office of Accessibility