Monica Wall-Jones, NCADAP
Assistant Director of Disability Services & ADA Compliance Office
2110 Student Center
2nd Floor Disability Services
Phone: 601-979-3704 or Fax 601-979-6918
June 17th, 2015 by disability
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Steps for success:
June 8th, 2015 by disability
· Wheelchair-accessible room
· Wheelchair-accessible shower
· Lowered closet rods
· Main-level room and/or avoidance of stairs
· Wheelchair access to elevator
· Wheelchair-accessible furnishings
· Private restroom
Making a request
· Establish an Accommodation Plan with the Disability Center.
· Notify Disability Services for Housing Accommodations as early as possible.
· Provide supporting documentation and an evaluation by an appropriate professional that relates the current impact of the disability to the request.
Documentation should include:
· A diagnostic statement including the date of the most recent evaluation
· A description of the diagnostic criteria or tests used
· A statement about the current impact of (or limitations posed by) the disability
· A statement about the expected duration, stability or progression of the disability
· The credentials of the diagnosing professional
· If possible, submit recommendations from the diagnosing/treating professional.
· Provide a clear description of the recommended housing accommodation
· Connect the recommendation to the impact of the disability
· Suggest possible alternatives to the recommendation
· Include a statement of the level of need for (or the consequences of not receiving) the recommended configuration
· Submit requests for housing accommodations as early as possible for priority consideration.
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Assistant Director of Disability Services & ADA Compliance
2110 Student Center 2nd Floor
Office Phone: 601-979-3704 or Fax 601-979-6918
June 8th, 2015 by disability
If you are requesting accommodations, you must show documentation of your disability. Documentation usually is a letter from a qualified professional that states you have a disability and explains what accommodations you need to participate in university programs. If you are a student requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to self-disclose your disability and to submit all appropriate documentation.
Documentation should include:
· Credentials of the evaluator
· A diagnostic statement identifying the disability
· Description of the diagnostic methodology used
· Description of the current functional limitations
· Description of the expected progression or stability of the disability
· Description of current and past accommodations, services and/or medications
· Recommendations for accommodations and/or services
· Description of criteria for specific diagnosis
· Evaluation methods
· Dates of administration
· Specific results
· Clinical narrative
· One measure of aptitude (for a learning disability assessment)
· Measures of achievement in reading, math and written language (for a learning disability assessment)
Each qualified professional must have expertise in the areas for which he or she is rendering a diagnosis — including the differential diagnosis of the documented medical, physical or psychological condition — and follow established practices in the field. A qualified professional should be fully licensed and credentialed and have no personal relationship with the individual being evaluated.
Qualified professionals include:
· Optometrists/vision specialists
Definition of disability
A disability is defined by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADAAA) of 2008 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, as a physical or mental condition that substantially limits major life activities. These include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating and working.
June 30th, 2014 by disability
Jackson State University recognizes and accepts its obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability and require the University to provide reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified disabled students in all University programs and activities.
To arrange for reasonable accommodation(s) for your disability, you must follow and complete the Jackson State University self-disclosure process at least six weeks in advance of your course start date. You must (i) self-disclose any disability; (ii) provide necessary documentation of the disability; and (iii) submit your request for accommodations to disability services (DS). A student may be eligible for accommodations only after completing the process to request accommodations.
PROCESS FOR ACCOMMODATION
STEP ONE. SELF-DISCLOSURE:
Self-disclosure and requesting accommodation are the first steps in advising us of your disability and assuring that accommodations will be made while pursuing your academic endeavors. Submitting a signed Student Self- Disclosure Statement form begins the process.
STEP TWO. DOCUMENTATION:
We require documentation from a certified diagnosing professional that accurately reflects your current condition(s). The Student Release of Information form allows the diagnosing professional to send DS documentation supporting your disability. Please consult with DS regarding any questions about documentation.
STEP THREE. ACCOMMODATION NEGOTIATION:
The University is committed to providing equal access to educational programs for all otherwise qualified students in an effort to promote the ability to achieve required program outcomes. Once acceptable documentation of the disability has been received, DS will review the documentation, any recommended accommodation(s) from the diagnosing professional, and your requested accommodation(s).
You and DS will discuss options for your reasonable accommodation(s). Your agreed upon accommodations will be documented in your Student Accommodation Agreement. Please note that different accommodations may require different amounts of time to arrange, ranging from an hour or less to five or six weeks, depending on the accommodation(s).
STEP FOUR. COMMUNICATION:
The student is responsible for notifying faculty member(s) for your course(s) and will ensure the accommodation(s) are provided. If there is a change in your course schedule or faculty member, you must notify the DS immediately to ensure proper communication of the accommodations.
If you withdraw from the University and return at a later date, you must notify the DS upon your return in order to re-activate the agreed upon accommodations. You may be required to self-disclose and document your disability upon re-entry.
STEP FIVE. COMPLAINTS/GRIEVANCES:
If an issue arises regarding: (i) your accommodation(s); (ii) delivery of your accommodations in a course; (iii) the classroom environment, as related to your disability or accommodations; or (iv) other challenges or difficulties related to your disability, consult with the DS immediately and/or complete an Initiation of Formal ADA Grievance form. Those students who wish to file a formal ADA grievance must complete the Initiation of Formal ADA Grievance form within six (6) weeks after the alleged action occurred or the grade in the particular course from which this incident arose has been issued, whichever comes last and provide any supporting information to DS.
The six week limitations period may be extended if the student provides documentation of appropriate extenuating circumstances.
STEP SIX. PROBLEM RESOLUTION:
If you are unable to resolve an issue or feel uncomfortable addressing these issues with your DS, you may contact a member of the Disability Services Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon receipt of your communication, we can help you address the issue, and, if necessary, instruct you how to initiate a formal grievance. University policy and federal law mandate that a student shall not be retaliated against for filing or participating in a complaint brought against Jackson State University alleging non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Information regarding your disability and resulting accommodation(s) is confidential and released strictly on a need to know basis to those providing your accommodation(s).