“Reasonable accommodations” as stated by the ADA must be provided on a case by case basis to individuals with disabilities. The accommodations must be reasonable and effective. Students must meet with a staff member from Academic and Disability Services to complete the Intake Form to request accommodations and/or auxiliary aids. The accommodation requests must be completed at least one month or more prior to enrollment for each academic term.
It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Academic and Disabiity Services office to request accommodations. When requesting accommodations, students are to provide professional documentation of their disability.
Disability related documentation should provide information on the functional impact of the disability so that effective accommodations can be identified. 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.
Formal medical statement from a doctor verifying the disability.
Copy of your most recent psychological testing explaining the disability.
Documentation from the Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) or other agency supplying testing need or verification of disability.
Examples of Sufficient Documentation
Typed on letterhead, dated, and signed by a qualified professional.
Diagnostic Statement with any related diagnostic methodology (Diagnostic criteria and/or procedures)
Functional impact or symptoms. (Impacts inform which accommodations are appropriate.)
Severity and/or expected progression.
Current medication(s) and any related side effects.
Current and/or past accommodations.
Any recommended accommodations.
After the student’s intake form and documentation have been submitted, the documents will be reviewed. If determined eligible, Academic and Disability Services will notify the student and then notify the professors of the student’s eligibility. The student will then be required to meet with Academic and Disability Services to complete the faculty accommodations request. If the student has not been contacted by Academic and Disability Services within 2 weeks of submission of all appropriate documents, the student needs to follow up with the Academic and Disability Services office. Students must contact Academic and Disability Services to complete faculty accommodations request each semester.
Contact Information Disability Services
Angela Szczepanik-Sanchez, M.Ed., M.S.
Coordinator of Academic and Disability Services
Monday - Friday: 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Telephone: (219) 473-4349 (Indiana)
(773) 721-0202, Ext. 349 (Illinois)
1-877-700-9100 (Toll Free)
FAX: (219) 473-4277