Once enrolled, a student must initiate any request for accommodations, due to a qualifying disability, by contacting the Director of Counseling Services and 504 Coordinator, Beth Gentry-Epley, Psy.D. at (816) 415-5946 in a timely manner. The student must provide documentation attesting to the presence of a disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Under these laws, a person has a disability if he/she:
- Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities (such as walking, standing, seeing, speaking, hearing, sitting, breathing, reading, learning, performing manual tasks, caring for oneself);
- Has a record or history of such impairment; or
- Is regarded as having such impairment.
The diagnosis of a disability does not automatically qualify an individual for accommodations of either an academic or personal nature. The disability must, as the law stipulates, be substantially limiting. The degree to which a disability imposes a functional limitation on the student’s ability to perform a major life activity is a significant determining factor in establishing the need for accommodations.
To be eligible for services a student with a disability must provide, at his/her own expense, written documentation from a qualified professional on the nature of the disability. Information should include test results/report, functional effects of the disability and/or medication and recommendations. Once received by the Director of Counseling Services, information will be reviewed and discussed with the student before determining appropriate accommodations. These steps are necessary prior to receiving services.
It is in the student’s best interest to provide thorough and detailed documentation that assesses the current impact of the student’s disability on his/her academic performance. Ideally, the assessment will have been completed within the last three years. If the documentation is considered outdated or insufficient in scope or content, it may be necessary to update the evaluation report or provide further information or clarification.
All documentation pertaining to a student’s disability will be kept confidential. Disability related information will not be released without the written consent of the student, unless permitted or required by law.