I have a disability. How do I receive services from your office?
In order to receive services, students must self-identify with the Office of Disability Services. The student must provide documentation of their disability in order to qualify for reasonable accommodations.
What is a reasonable accommodation?
A reasonable accommodation is a change that enables a person with a disability to have equal opportunities and access in the classroom with people who do not have a disability. Accommodations are not designed to give any student an unfair academic advantage.
Do I have to give proof of my disability to receive services?
Yes. Students who wish to receive services through the office must provide proof of a disability which outlines the student’s limitations in the educational setting.
All I have is my IEP from high school. Why isn’t that good enough for me to get accommodations?
I have a diagnosis. Why don’t I qualify for the services through the Office of Disability Services?
Having a diagnosis does not automatically qualify a student to receive services from the Office of Disability Services. The student must be disabled according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which defines a disability as a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Some major life activities are seeing, hearing, learning, working and breathing. In order to qualify for accommodations in the college setting the major life activity that must be substantially limited is learning. The limitation must be “severe”, “profound”, “considerable”, or “to a large degree”.
Can the office help out financially in getting the documentation I need?
The Office of Disability Services does not provide any financial assistance in obtaining documentation. The student and/or his family bear all financial responsibility.
Do I have to tell my instructor what my disability is?
A student’s diagnosis and documentation are kept strictly confidential by ODS. This information will only be used to determine the most appropriate accommodations. The accommodation letter only lists a student’s accommodations. The student is not under any obligation to reveal their disability to an instructor.
What if I take a test before I sign up for my accommodations? Do I get to take that test over?
Accommodations are set up to be used once a student has come in to the office to disclose their disability and complete the self-identification process. They do not apply to previously attempted coursework. ODS recommends a student begin this process as soon as possible so that the accommodations will be in place before the student begins any coursework.
Do I have to have a meeting every semester about my accommodations?
I’m not sure if I have a disability. Will the Office of Disability Services help me in getting evaluated?
When I was in high school, my parents and the school administrators took care of getting my accommodations for me. Will it be the same way in college?
Is tutoring an accommodation?
What is the deadline to register in your office?
Students may disclose a disability at any time. The institution and faculty are not responsible for changing what happened prior to disclosure but must accommodate the student within a reasonable amount of time after the disclosure. For most classroom accommodations a “reasonable” amount of time is usually considered to be two weeks; therefore, if a student discloses that s/he needs extended time the day before the midterm that is not a reasonable amount of time to prepare accommodations.
Will I receive the same services that I received in high school?
Maybe. High school Special Education programs are required by law to provide whatever service, help, or accommodation that you need to be successful. Colleges are required by law to provide “equal access to education”, through programs, activities, and facilities. They provide access by using accommodations – not necessarily services or extra help. Access is provided through reasonable accommodations.
Does the law say that the requirements for passing a course should be “different” for disabled students?
Does the Admission process to Southeastern Louisiana University consider a student’s disability?
Students with disabilities apply to the University through the Office of Admissions. All students are expected to meet the competitive admissions standards of the University regardless of disability status. The Office of Disability Services does not participate in the admissions process, nor is the presence of a disability given any special consideration in admissions. Thus the admissions standards are not waived or modified based on disability disclosure.
Do you provide transportation around campus for students with disabilities?