Disability Services


June 17th, 2015 by disability

Office of Disability Services and ADA Compliance
Physical Location:
JSU Student Center, 2nd floor
Room #2110

1400 John R. Lynch Street
Box 17156
Jackson, MS 39217
Phone: 601.979.3704
Director: Arron L. Richardson (Interim)
Admin. Asst.: Samantha Manning


Start Here to Establish an Accommodation Plan

June 9th, 2015 by disability

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If you’re a JSU student  or employee and you have a documented disability, the Disability Center can assist you with a reasonable accommodation in an inclusive learning community at Jackson State University.

First you have to establish an Accommodation Plan with us. You can do this starting July 1, 2015 through August 31, 2015, for the fall/2015 and again December 1, 2015 through January 30, 2016, for the spring/2016. 

Steps for success:

1.        Complete the Student Information Questionnaire (SIQ).

2.        Meet with the Learning Specialist and Coordinator.

3.        Be prepared to provide legal documentation of the                                   disability and recommended accomodations attached.

4.        Attend a New Student Orientation (NSO).

5.        Meet with your professors.

6.        Returning students can request for renewal online every                          semester.

Step 1: Complete the Student Information Questionnaire (SIQ).

Download the Student Information Questionnaire (SIQ), fill it out, and return it to our office at Student Center 2nd floor suite 2121. Be sure to fill out the SIQ yourself and complete it thoroughly and accurately.

Step 2: Meet with an Access Advisor or Coordinator.

Make an appointment to come to the Disability Center here in Student Center  with one of our Access Advisors for an introductory meeting, which will take about an hour. Bring a list of questions, and be prepared to talk about your disability and how it affects your learning and your ability to participate in JSU programs. Find our office.

Step 3: Be prepared to provide documentation.

If you are requesting accommodations, you might be asked to provide supporting documentation of your disability (also referred to as third party documentation). Third party documentation may consist of an IEP/504 plan, recent diagnostic evaluation, or a letter from a qualified professional that explains more about your disability and how your disability impacts your participation in University programs. If you have third party documentation, you are welcome to bring it with you for the initial appointment, but it is not necessary. More about documentation.

Step 4: Attend New Student Orientation (NSO).

At New Student Orientation (NSO), you'll receive a folder containing information about the Disability Center, explanations of policies and procedures and an emailed Accommodation Memos for your professors.

Step 5: Meet with your professors.

Before classes start, set up appointments to meet with your professors, preferably during their office hours. Talk about your disability, and present each professor with an Accommodation Memo. Then develop a plan for the semester.  If you’ve been approved to receive exam accommodations, complete the Accommodated Exam Request Form so your professors can complete their section.

Step 6: Renew your Accommodation Plan online every semester.

Once you have received accommodations for your first semester, you can quickly and easily renew your accommodation plan online for all following semesters.  Each semester you will need to meet with all of your professors and present your Accommodation Memos.


*Please contact Mr. Martreace Jones, Learning Specialist at 601-979-8820 for more information.

Housing Accommodations

June 8th, 2015 by disability

Accommodations available:

·          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.

Recommendations should:

·         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.



For accessible housing Contact:

Monica Wall-Jones

 Director of Disability Services & ADA Compliance

Office Location:

2110 Student Center 2nd Floor

Office Phone: 601-979-3704 or Fax 601-979-6918

Email: monica.w.jones@jsums.edu

Documentation and Verification Process

June 8th, 2015 by disability

Diagnostic Information

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

·         Procedures

·         Tests

·         Dates of administration

·         Observations

·         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)

Qualified professionals

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:

·         Physicians

·         Psychiatrists

·         Psychologists

·         Optometrists/vision specialists

·         Audiologists

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.

Students Rights and Responsibility

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.



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.


 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.


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).


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.


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.


 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 monica.w.jones@jsums.edu.

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).