ADA Accommodations Procedures for Students (Audio Version): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PExxgASxFs4
Step 1: Contact the Learning Center. We will answer any questions you may have and direct you to submit documentation of disability. No accommodations can be awarded until documentation of disability is received.
Step 2: Obtain and submit documentation of disability to the Learning Center Director/Disability Service Provider DSP for the university) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or faxing your documents to 770-297-5883.
What is documentation? It is something in writing by a medical or mental health professional stating 1) a specific diagnosis and 2) specific recommendations for how your disability can be accommodated in the educational/fieldwork setting.
The more comprehensive the information we are given, the better we can serve your needs. For example, a full psychological evaluation will provide more recommendations and potential accommodations than a letter from your doctor which only states a diagnosis with few recommendations. Documentation should be current (dated within the last 3 years) and reflect your current health/disability status. Documentation must be signed by someone who is not a family member of the student.
Step 3: You will receive a welcome email from the Director with your letter of accommodations attached and further instructions. There is a 3-4 business day processing period after the documentation of the disability is submitted, it is reviewed and evaluated by the Director, Jennifer Loggins, LPC. Then, your letter of accommodations is prepared based on your specific needs and medical recommendations. Letters of accommodations are always emailed only to the student’s Tigermail university email address.
Step 4: Please note that YOU are then responsible for sharing this letter with your professors, academic advisor, and fieldwork coordinators at the start of EACH semester by email. This is an important part of self-advocacy. You must share the letter of accommodations prior to receiving any testing accommodations. You are encouraged to share this with your professors right away upon receipt of the letter and then again at the start of each semester. Doing so right before a test is not acceptable.
*Please note a release of information must be signed in order for us to send a copy of the letter of accommodations to anyone except for the students him/herself. This also includes your parents or spouse. Due to FERPA regulations, only the student has a right to the letter of accommodations unless a release of information is signed at the Learning Center by the student.
IMPORTANT TESTING INFO: In order to take your tests at the Learning Center, you MUST schedule all testing appointments with Ms. Crystal Ball, Coordinator of Disability Services, by emailing email@example.com at minimum 3 business days prior to the test date. Your test dates will be listed on each course syllabus which you will receive the first day of class, so please plan accordingly! Many students simply make a list of testing dates for each course and email all of those dates to Ms. Ball at the start of each semester along with the professor’s name, course name, class meeting time, and other pertinent information. The Learning Center has limited space and staff; no walk-in testing or same-day testing appointments are available. Only students who have testing accommodations are permitted to take course tests at the Learning Center. Our business hours are from 8:30am-5pm Monday-Friday.
*If your classes are on evenings, weekends or located at one of our regional campuses your professor will work with you to honor your testing accommodations per your letter from the Learning Center. Your professor may have departmental or regional campus staff assist with proctoring for you. Please make arrangements with your professor 3 business days prior to the class testing date. The professor may ask you to arrive early to class or stay late in order to honor your extended time if that is one of the awarded accommodations.