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. In the context of higher education, reasonable accommodations are modifications or adjustments in the academic environment that enable a qualified student with a disability equal access to the university’s programs, courses, services and activities. Providing accommodations does not compromise the essential elements of a course or program, nor do they weaken academic standards. A reasonable accommodation cannot fundamentally alter the core learning objectives of the course, program, service, job, or activity. They provide an alternative way to accomplish the requirements by eliminating or reducing disability-related barriers and providing a level playing field for students with disabilities. 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:
To start the process, students should request services below. 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.
Please note that all requests should be submitted 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) submit 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 submit requests for disability services three weeks prior to the start of the semester so that we can ensure timely implementation of any accommodations here.
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.