Disability Services

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The Office of Disability Services coordinates accommodations for students with mental, physical, and developmental disabilities. Reasonable accommodations are determined on an individual basis after considering the specific disability and documentation of functional limitations in accordance with the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

In order to access these rights, an individual must present certain documentation from a medical or mental health provider in order to offer various accommodations to students. A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, job, activity, or facility that enables a qualified individual with a disability to have an equal opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to an individual without a disability. A reasonable accommodation cannot fundamentally alter the core learning objectives of the course, program, service, job, or activity.

The list below includes commonly requested accommodations. Specific barriers to academic inclusion are discussed with students and other accommodations may be provided on a case-by case basis.

Common accommodations include but are not limited to:

  • Alternative testing
  • Assistive technology
  • Course notes
  • Course attendance
  • Alternate format textbooks
  • Deaf/hard of hearing services
  • Reduced course load
  • Accommodations for food allergies
  • Transportation services

To start the process, students should complete the Request for Disability Services form. If and when a student’s application is approved, the Office of Disability Services will provide the student with a letter for their instructors. While it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to ensure they have received the adjustments they need in the classroom, this office is the first point of contact for all students with disabilities and will try to ensure that every qualified person who needs reasonable accommodations on campus can get them.

Hours of Operation

Counseling and disability services are available:

  • Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment.
  • Walk-in hours are available.

To schedule an appointment, send an email.

Testing Center Hours

The Testing Center is open from 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays. Only students with disability accommodations have access to the Testing Center. The Testing Center is located at Academic Success Center East in residence hall II. Students with accommodations may schedule their upcoming exam here.

Forms and Documents

Please note that all forms should be filled out by the student. While students may allow their parents or guardians to help them, students should not have anyone else (including their medical or mental health providers) fill out the forms on their behalf. Separate documentation from licensed evaluators and treatment providers is required to support a student’s application and to verify any health conditions.

Please email for the Request for Disability Services packet. Please submit your Request for Disability Services Packet three weeks prior to the start of the semester so that we can ensure timely implementation of any accommodations.

Resources

 

Johnson Scholarship

The Johnson Scholarship can offer significant financial assistance to qualified individuals. Below you will find a list of specific requirements for applying to this program, as well as the application packet. The packet requires a FAFSA form. While the FAFSA forms are due April 15 on the government’s website, all other materials must be submitted by April 1 to the Office of Disability Services.

  • Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Blind or low vision
  • Deaf/hard of hearing
  • Orthopedic disability
  • Psychological, emotional, or behavioral disability
  • Speech/language disability
  • Specific learning disability
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Other health disabilities

 2019-20 Scholarship

Application

Renewal Application

 

Additional Resources

  • Counseling Services provides mental health counseling for students who need help working through and overcoming personal problems.
  • The Health Clinic is provided by Lakeland Regional Health and is staffed by a registered nurse.