Disability Services was created to establish a campus environment that is accessible and inclusive to students with disabilities. A student who self identifies to the Disability Services office will meet with staff to assess the nature of the disability and how it interferes with the student's ability to make progress in an educational setting. To better help the student succeed in their courses and to have optimal accessibility to campus resources and services, accommodations and/or adjustments may be assigned. In all cases, reasonable accommodations and adjustments will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Some of the specific adjustments or accommodations include, but are not limited to, physical accessibility accommodation, academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, audio textbooks, and assistance with note-taking, readers, and sign language interpreters.
Documentation related to the nature of the disability is required. Verification of accommodations the student received in previous academic or work-related settings is also useful for this process to assure that the student receives the best services possible. This information should be presented to the Disability Services office before the first scheduled meeting. At times, additional documentation may be requested in order to make a final determination of whether a student qualifies for services and/or to complete the accommodation process for the student.
Students are strongly encouraged to notify the Disability Services office before arrival on campus to make an appointment to discuss documentation and our services. All information is kept confidential unless a release of information is signed by the student in compliance with FERPA (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act) guidelines.