Student Disability Services
Disability Services at Lander University works to ensure that educational programming and services are accessible to students with disabilities.
Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 state that no “otherwise qualified” individuals, solely by reason of their disability, can “be denied the benefits of, be excluded from participation in or be subjected to discrimination” in any program or activity. Individuals who are protected under these statutes include those with physical, sensory, or learning disabilities and other disabilities, such as health impairments or psychological impairments.
In some cases, a specific learning disability can interfere with a student’s successful completion of a course (e.g., foreign language and mathematics courses). Appropriate documentation from a psychologist that specifically addresses this issue is required. Course substitutions cannot be permitted if the course is determined essential to a student’s major.
Temporary disabilities are not covered by Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Personal care cannot be provided for temporary disabilities such as a broken ankle, wrist, etc. However, consultation, assistance with obtaining support, and other relevant information can be provided through this office. Documentation may be required.
Confidentiality and Release of Information
The Office of Student Disability Services is committed to ensuring that all information regarding a student remains confidential as required or permitted by law. This information may include grades, biographical history, disability information, and case notes. No one has immediate access to student files in our office except authorized staff. Any information regarding a disability shall be considered confidential and shall be shared with others on a need-to-know basis only. A student may sign a written consent form giving our office permission to discuss the disability with faculty, staff, and advisors who require more information.
Typical accommodations provided by our office include:
- Extended Time for Testing
- Note-taking Services
- Priority Registration
- Reduced course load recognized as full-time by Lander University
Current documentation (within 3 years) from a qualified physician or other licensed professional in a field related to the disability is required. Since each disability is unique, guidelines of what constitutes appropriate documentation for a particular disability are available. At a minimum, the documentation must address:
- Verification of disability/statement of diagnosis
- Any testing used to verify diagnosis
- Substantial functional limitations noted as a result of the disability on a major life activity
- Recommendations of possible accommodations
Additional Documentation Guidelines: Forms