The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.
Process for Requesting special accommodations
- Submit a written request to the Student Services Director
- Requests may be made via e-mail, fax or in person delivery
- You should receive an email confirmation upon submission of your request. If you do not receive an email, please contact our office.
2) Submit supporting disability documentation
Documentation is needed to establish the nature of a student’s disability, as well as the academic impact, in order to support the requested accommodations.
Students may provide a request to their healthcare provider for submission of documentation.
Documentation should include:
- A diagnosis of the disability
- Symptoms of the disability and how the disability could impact the student in an academic environment
- Expected duration of the disability or condition
- If the duration is less than 6 months, we ask that students attempt to work directly with teachers and campus departments.
- Suggestions for accommodations or appropriate support services
Documentation should be submitted by a qualified healthcare provider and include:
- Provider’s contact information
- Provider’s area of specialty
- Provider’s license number
- Signature/electronic signature
Students may fax, mail, email, or hand deliver your documentation to our office.
3) Attend an initial interview with your Student Services Director
If any additional information is needed, we will follow up via email/phone. This review process can take time; if you have any questions about the status of your request, you can always contact our office.
Once the review process is complete, you will be contacted by Student Services. They will contact you via email to schedule an initial interview. This is where you will discuss accommodations in more detail and develop a plan for putting them into place.
*All accommodation requests are evaluated on an individualized basis via an interactive process with the student and their disability coordinator. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach. Each student’s situation is reviewed based on their specific needs.