The Office of Student Disability Support Services (OSDSS), located in the Guerrieri University Center, Room 263, provides guidance, access to resources, and coordinates accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Such disabilities include: learning disabilities, deaf/hard of hearing, blind/low vision, mobility limitations, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), psychiatric disorders, and medical disabilities.
Services offered by the OSDSS include those related to exam accommodations, alternative media, sign language interpretation/transcription, assistive technology training, voter registration assistance, and counseling services.
In addition, the OSDSS assists prospective students with learning about the services made available to them, how new students request accommodations, specific accommodations, documentation requirements, and coordination with other campus offices, as needed.
Requesting Accommodations, Modifications, Aids, and Services
Students seeking eligibility for accommodations, modifications, aids, and/or services need to complete a three-step process. Students need to be aware that depending upon the specific accommodations they are requesting, four weeks or more may be needed for arranging for these accommodations. It is recommended that students request accommodations a minimum of five weeks prior to the onset of their first semester. However, students may submit updated documentation and request accommodations and modifications to accommodations at any time during their enrollment at the University.
Step 1: Students should submit documentation of their disability.
Step 2: Once the OSDSS has evaluated the submitted disability documentation, has confirmed that the students documentation meets the necessary criteria for receiving reasonable accommodations, and has received the students completed intake form, the student should contact the OSDSS in order to schedule an Intake Conference with OSDSS staff. At this meeting, the student and OSDSS staff member will discuss the students accommodation plans, strategies for a successful academic career, and campus resources and services, among other topics.
All documentation should contain the date of the students evaluation. This date of evaluation should be no more than five years prior to the date which it is presented to the OSDSS;
All documentation submitted should contain a comprehensive written evaluation, prepared by a qualified professional. Generally, assuming that the presented documentation meets all criteria stated in this brochure, testing results and interpretive summaries from psycho-educational evaluations are appropriate for documenting learning and cognitive disabilities, a report prepared by a psychiatrist or psychologist is appropriate for documenting ADD/ADHD and psychological disabilities, and a physicians report is appropriate for documenting medical and physical disabilities;
Documentation should include a statement of diagnosis of a disability, a description of that disability and a description of the nature and severity of the students disability;
Assessment information, on which the professional made their diagnosis of the students disability should be featured in the documentation;
For diagnoses of learning disabilities only, an interpretative summary of the students disability which addresses how patterns in their cognitive ability, achievement, and information processing are impacted by their disability should be included;
For all diagnoses, a statement of how the students disability impacts them in an academic setting should be included;
Recommendations for reasonable accommodations, supported by specific test results and/or clinical observations should be included; and
The documentation should be typed on appropriate letterhead and include the name, title, address, phone number, and signature of the professional who prepared the documentation.