Please follow these steps if you are requesting reasonable accommodations for your disability for the first time.
1. Disclose your disability to the Support Services department. To do this, you will need to:
- Provide documentation of your disability to Support Services:
- Documentation must be signed and dated by a qualified health professional;
- Documentation should be no more than five years old and must include
- A clearly stated diagnosis of the disability;
- The methods or tests used for the diagnosis; and
- Specific recommendations for accommodations in a higher education environment;
- To assist you, print this letter and take it to your health professional to request this information;
- The documentation may be emailed, faxed, dropped off or mailed to Support Services
2. Support Services will evaluate your documentation. If the documentation is not sufficient, our office will notify you that additional documentation will be needed to establish that you qualify for disability services.
3. Support Services will notify you what reasonable accommodations you are eligible to receive. We will also notify your instructors of the reasonable accommodations you may be provided if you are currently registered for classes.
4. Please note: At the beginning of each semester, Support Services will email you and your instructors notifying of a documented disability and list the reasonable accommodations you are eligible to receive.
Even though you have completed the process of requesting accommodation for your disability, and your instructors are automatically notified of your accommodations you need to speak with your instructors directly to notify them of the accommodations you want to utilize in each particular class.
You are also encouraged to discuss your disability with your course instructor and share with them how it impacts your learning. If your accommodations include alternative textbooks in alternative formats there may be a waiting period while we procure the item you need from the publisher–plan accordingly and contact us early! Contact Support Services if you have questions regarding your accommodations.