about disability services
Disabilities: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 defines a person with a disability as
Any person who:
- Has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities.
- Has a record of such impairment
- Is regarded as having such impairment.
Register as early as possible after you are accepted for admission to the University. Arrangements for Accommodations are made by contacting the Disability Services Coordinator.
- Visit our Office at Zaffirini Success Center 138 to complete an Intake Form. Student must provide information which verifies that the student's condition meets the definition of a disability as defined by applicable laws (i.e., Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008) when meeting with the Disability Services for Students (DSS) Coordinator. Federal Law requires that requests for services for student with disabilities be considered on an individual, case-by-case basis.
- Disability related documentation should provide information on the functional impact of the disability so that effective accommodations can be identified. Criteria for the source, scope and content of documentation differs by disability type. Documentation may include assessments, reports, and/or letters from qualified evaluators, professionals, or institutions. Common sources of documentation are health care providers, psychologists, diagnosticians, and/or information from a previous school (e.g., accommodation agreements/letters, 504, IEP, or ARD documents).
- With the documentation provided by the student, the student and the DSS Coordinator will jointly decide on the most appropriate and reasonable academic adjustments. Reasonable accommodations appropriate for the disability will be determined based on recommendations in the documentation, standard best professional practices and discussion with the student of past experiences with accommodations.
- Students are expected to meet with the DSS Coordinator in order to receive accommodation forms (Faculty Memorandums) for each semester. Student are expected to pick up his/her memorandums from the DSS office and deliver the memorandums to his/her instructors.
Student Counseling and Disability Services
Zaffirini Student Success Center 138
Phone: (956) 326-2230
Fax: (956) 326-2231