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Disability Resource Center

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Introduction

The Disability Resource Center (DRC), located in the Guerrieri Student Union Building, Room 263, provides guidance, access to resources, and coordinates accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Such disabilities include: learning disabilities, deaf/hard of hearing, blind/low vision, mobility limitations, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), psychiatric disorders, and medical disabilities.

Services offered by the DRC include those related to exam accommodations, alternative media, sign language interpretation/transcription, assistive technology training, voter registration assistance, and counseling services.

In addition, the DRC assists prospective students with learning about the services made available to them, how new students request accommodations, specific accommodations, documentation requirements, and coordination with other campus offices, as needed.

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Requesting Accommodations, Modifications, Aids, and Services

Students requesting accommodations, modifications, aids, and/or services need to complete a two-step process. Students need to be aware that depending upon the specific accommodations they are requesting, four weeks or more may be needed to arrange for these accommodations. It is recommended that students request accommodations a minimum of five weeks prior to the onset of their first semester. However, students may submit updated documentation and request accommodations and modifications at any time during their enrollment at the University.

  • Step 1: Students should submit documentation of their disability.  
  • Step 2: Once the DRC has evaluated the submitted disability documentation, and confirmed that the student’s documentation meets the criteria, the student will be contacted by the DRC in order to schedule an Intake appointment. At this meeting, the student and DRC staff member will discuss the student’s accommodation plans, strategies for a successful academic career, campus resources, and services.

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Documentation Criteria

In order to request disability services, the student is required to provide documentation of his/her disability. The Disability Resource Center (DRC) reserves the right to request additional information needed to consider requested accommodations/services. The documentation provided will be reviewed as a part of the interactive process with the student.

All documentation submitted should be prepared by a qualified professional. A qualified professional is defined as an individual who is licensed or is a formally recognized expert in the medical, psychological, and/or educational field with the authority to make diagnoses and/or recommendations in their specific field of practice. Documentation may include assessments, reports, and/or letters from qualified health care providers, psychologists, or diagnosticians, and/or information form a previous school (e.g. 504 plan, or IEP). In order to ensure an objective assessment, the professional completing the evaluation must be an impartial individual who is not related to the student.

  • The documentation should be typed on appropriate letterhead and include the name, date, title, address, phone number, and signature of the professional who prepared the documentation.
  • Documentation should include a statement of diagnosis of a disability, a description of that disability and a description of the nature and severity of the students disability;
  • Documentation must contain a description of the student’s functional limitations which significantly impact the student in an academic environment.

Obvious Disability: If the student's disability and the necessity for the accommodation are obvious (e.g. a student with a physical disability using a wheelchair needs an accessible room), the student need only will explain what type of accommodation they are requesting. No verification of disability and/or necessity is required under these circumstances.

Suggested Documentation Elements

  • It is in the student’s best interest to submit the most relevant/current disability documentation.
  • IEP/504 plan’s may or may not be sufficient documentation; the DRC suggests including any relevant testing, evaluations, and/or assessments used to determine previous accommodations/services.
  • For diagnoses of learning disabilities, documentation should contain a discussion or data which supports the diagnosis, and provides an explanation of the evidence used to diagnosis the student. Examples include the following:Achievement Testing: (Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-Educational Battery)
  • Assessment of Information Processing: (Bender-Gestalt Perceptual-Motor Test)
  • Aptitude Testing: (Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Revised-WAIS-R)
  • Current medication(s) and any related side-effects
  • Current and/or past accommodations
  • Any recommended accommodations and/or other relevant information regarding the student’s disability.

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Temporary Disabilities

Temporary medical conditions such as injuries, surgeries, or acute illnesses may not qualify as permanent disabling conditions. The DRC does provide assistance to students and guidance on working with a temporary medical condition while attending Salisbury University. The DRC recognizes that these situations often impact students’ ability to attend classes and complete work effectively.

How to get Temporary Accommodations

  • Step 1: Students should submit documentation of their disability. The Documentation should be provided by the treating medical professional and include the following: diagnosis, functional limitations experienced by the student as a result of the illness or injury, expected duration and prognosis, and recommended accommodations.
  • Step 2: Once the DRC has evaluated the submitted disability documentation, the student will be contacted by the DRC to schedule a consultation appointment. At this meeting, the student and DRC staff member will discuss reasonable academic accommodations, expected duration, and resources.

 

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Contact Information

  • Office Mailing Address:
    Guerrieri Student Union Building, Room 263
    1101 Camden Avenue
    Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Phone: 410-543-6070  TTY: 410-543-6083
  • Fax: 410-548-4052
  • E-mail: disabilitysupport@salisbury.edu

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