Getting Started

Getting Started

In order for a person to be eligible for services, the following requirements must be met:

  •  Apply and be admitted to Jackson State University undergraduate or graduate program.
  •  Provide current and comprehensive documentation of a disability to the ADA Disability Services Office.
  •  Register with the ADA Disability Services Office to initiate accommodations.
  •  Work as a full-time, part-time, or adjunct employee Jackson State University.

Intake Procedures

Students or employees must self-identify with the ADA Disability Services Office each semester or session for which you are seeking accommodations.

  •  Provide current documentation from a professional qualified to diagnose the specific disability.
  •  The  Assistant Director of ADA Services must review  all documentation and determine whether the student is eligible to receive services.
  •  Reasonable and appropriate accommodations are determined by the student and the ADA of Services Assistant Director based on documented needs and functional limitations of the individual.
  •  Letters of Accommodation may be re-evaluated with input from the instructor, the student, or additional documentation.
  • The aim is to encourage self-advocacy skills in the individual with a disability and to include
  • the faculty member or supervisor in the accommodations plan.
  •  Accommodation letters must be requested, reviewed, and reissued each semester the student expects to receive services.
  •  FERPA, HIPPA and all other laws of confidentiality are observed strictly. All individuals seeking services must sign a release of information statement which promotes dialogue among office staff , the student, and the instructor or service provider on a need-to-know basis.


  • The ADA’s definition of “impairment” includes any condition
    that has a psychological, physiological or mental
    basis. It includes anatomical loss of a limb or of the sensory,
    respiratory, neurological, cardiovascular, digestive,
    musculoskeletal, genitor-urinary, skin and endocrine;
    and hemic and lymphatic systems. Cosmetic disfigurements,
    mental retardation, emotional or mental illnesses,
    some learning disabilities, brain disorders and cosmetic
    disfigurements are included in the impairment definition.
  •  A “disability” is defined as a physical or mental impairment
    that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
    A person is considered disabled if the person has
    such a physical or mental impairment, has a record of
    such impairment, or is regarded as having such impairment.
    “Disability” covers a wide range of conditions and
    includes mobility, vision, hearing, or speech impairments,
    learning disabilities, chronic health conditions, emotional
    illnesses, AIDS, HIV positive, and a history of alcoholism
    or prior substance abuse.