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Disability Resource Center

Registering For Services

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, classroom accommodations, assistive technology training, alternative textbooks and course materials, resource counseling, voter registration assistance, academic coaching, and advoacy.

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

General Process

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) values a collaborative process as we work with students to establish services. Please schedule a meeting with Disability Resource Center staff to discuss your request for services, strengths, challenges, and the likely impact of your disability on your educational experiences at Salisbury University (SU). The information you provide is an essential component in the determination of reasonable accommodations and services. Additionally, students should submit documentation of a disability. Specific information regarding documentation can be found under the heading “Disability Documentation Criteria”. Please contact the DRC for guidance on the documentation needed for your individual situation.

While students can register with the DRC at any time, incoming first-year and transfer students are encouraged to register the semester prior to their first semester at SU. For example, the DRC recommends that students register during the Summer Session for Fall admits and Winter Session for Spring admits. This will allow staff sufficient time to evaluate student requests and arrange for appropriate accommodations and support services.

The DRC encourages students with questions about registering for services or other aspects of the center, to contact the office as soon as possible.

In addition to the general process, students interested in requesting the following accommodations should "click" the appropriate sub-heading below to view specific policies and procedures.

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Documentation Criteria

Disability documentation provided will be reviewed as a part of the collaborative process with the student. The DRC may request additional information needed to consider requested accommodations/services, as appropriate.

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 of a disability may include assessments, reports, and/or letters from qualified health care providers, psychologists, or diagnosticians, and/or information from a previous school. In order to ensure an objective assessment, the professional completing the evaluation must be an impartial individual who is not related to the student. Documentation of a disability should include the following:

  • Typed on appropriate letterhead and include the name, date, title, address, phone number, and signature of the professional who prepared the documentation.
  • A statement of a specific diagnosis of a disability including diagnostic codes, as appropriate.
  • A description of the functional limitations/challenges that significantly impact the student in an academic environment.

Disability Documentation Recommendations

1. Students should submit the most relevant/current disability documentation including current medication(s) and any related side-effects, current and/or past accommodations, and any recommended accommodations and/or other relevant information regarding the student’s disability.

2. An IEP/504 plan may or may not be sufficient documentation; students should include any relevant testing, evaluations, and/or assessments used to determine diagnoses, accommodations, and services.

3. For diagnoses of learning disabilities, students should include documentation that contains a discussion and/or data which supports the diagnosis, and provides an explanation of the evidence used to diagnosis the student. Examples include the following:

  • Aptitude Testing: (Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Revised-WAIS-R)
  • Achievement Testing: (Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-Educational Battery)
  • Assessment of Information Processing: (Bender-Gestalt Perceptual-Motor Test)

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Requesting Temporary Accommodations

Temporary conditions such as injuries, surgeries, or acute illnesses may not qualify as permanent disabling conditions. The DRC recognizes that these situations often impact students’ in the academic environment. Students may use the general process under “Requesting Accommodations, Modifications, Aids, and Services” to request temporary accommodations at any time during their enrollment at Salisbury University.

Documentation of a temporary condition should be completed by the treating professional and include the following:

  • Diagnosis
  • Functional limitations experienced by the student as a result of the temporary condition
  • Expected duration and prognosis

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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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