The Student Development Center coordinates special services for students with disabilities. Assistance is available for students with a temporary or permanent physical or psychological disability or with a learning disorder. Learning disorders include attention deficit disorder, acquired brain injury, and learning disability. To receive the services, a student must provide recent documentation (test evaluations that say clearly that a physical, psychological or learning disorder is present), and the documentation should be no more than three years old. The Coordinator for Disability Services is Dr. Ann Phillips.
For all types of disability, certain accommodations are provided in order to offset as far as is possible the effect the disability may have on learning, performance in class, and testing. These accommodations are determined and developed on a case by case basis by the Coordinators of Disability Services based on the student's psychoeducational or medical evaluation and on a personal interview with the student, as well as with the student's parents when appropriate. Consultations with the Coordinator of Testing and the Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs may also be incorporated into the decisions about accommodations. Accommodations may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Early registrations for all students with disabilities.
- A written, individualized Student Accommodations Report for professors, if desired.
- Classrooms moved for accessibility.
- Modification of test format.
- Substitution of English language courses for a foreign language requirement.
- Special test administrations.
- Extended test times.
- Preferred seating in classrooms.
Help in locating and acquiring necessary classroom assistance for students with a disability is provided by the Coordinators of Disability Services and includes such aids as notetakers, sign language interpreters, books on tape, readers, special furniture, student aides, visual aids equipment, and other such assistance as is needed. Call 678-839-6428 for information.