The Office of Disability Services is here to assist you.
Services we offer include:
- Identify and coordinate reasonable accommodations.
- Promote an accessible and inclusive campus environment.
- Encourage student independence.
Reasonable accommodations are modifications or adjustments to the tasks, environment or to the way things are usually done that enable individuals with disabilities to have an equal opportunity to participate in an academic program. They do not alter academic standards or essential requirements of the course/curriculum nor cause undue hardship to the parties involved.Student needs will vary according to the individual course requirements and the nature of the disability. Students should note that the requirements for accommodations for post-secondary education are different from the requirements for high school and that the accommodations themselves may differ. The student’s preferences are considered but are not determining. Accommodations may take many forms and generally apply to three broad categories: teaching and learning, demonstrating knowledge, and meeting academic requirements. In addition, reasonable accommodations can be made for the non-academic setting.
Faculty Reasonable Accommodations Statement for Syllabus:
Students with Disabilities: As required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, appropriate and reasonable accommodations will be made for all students with documented disabilities. If you need accommodations in this course because of a disability, need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, or have emergency medical information to share, please inform your instructor as soon as possible. You must also contact the registrar to arrange for appropriate accommodations (Taber 217, Ext. 5554, or email@example.com).
To qualify for disability accommodations, the student must:
- Students must have a documented disability
- “Disability” is defined as a physical or mental condition or impairment that is both medically recognizable and diagnosable, and that substantially limits one or more of a person’s major life activities. These limitations may include caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working, and learning.
- Experience functional limitation(s) caused by the disability that significantly limit or prevent access to the University’s programs, services or facilities.
For the purpose of serving students with disabilities, the ADA defines a disability as:
- a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits the student’s equal access to educational and other university programs,
- a record of having such an impairment, or
- being regarded as having one (Jarrow, 1992).
For more information, visit the United States Justice Department’s ADA Website
Criteria for determining an accommodation is reasonable and appropriate for an individual student:
- The determination process is done on a case by case basis and is accomplished through an interactive discussion with the student about the functional limits of the student’s disability and the specific accommodation.
Accommodation Determination Process/Registering for Services:
- The student must register with the University of Jamestown Disability Services Office and be determined eligible for consideration of reasonable accommodations.
- A student may be asked to provide documentation from a health or social service professional describing the functional limitations of the disability in the classroom or in the non-academic setting. The professional can complete this form or can submit a letter on the professional’s letterhead. Documentation is valid for four years.
- The student and the Director of the Student Success Center identify the limitations caused by the disability and a determination is made as to which accommodation will be appropriate and reasonable.
- The student is given a document that verifies the need for accommodations and identifies the accommodations recommended by the Disability Services Office. In addition, if the student prefers, they can sign a waiver to have the letter emailed to the professor.
- The student requests the accommodations from the professor and, together, they discuss how those accommodations will be provided. If asked for verification of the need for requested accommodations, the student can show the professor the verification document from Office of Disability Services.
- The Office of Disability Services is available to consult and assist in problem solving.
- The student must meet with the Director of the Student Success Center each semester to complete steps 3 to 5.