College students with disabilities accommodating


Washington and Lee University is committed to providing equal access to educational opportunities to qualified students with physical or mental disabilities, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The University intends that these procedures will facilitate an interactive process of dialogue and timely exchange of information between the student and the designated University administrators.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, instructors must make reasonable accommodations for students who have physical, mental, or learning disabilities.

Requests submitted after the first month of either of those academic terms, or requests submitted with incomplete documentation (including insufficient testing data), could result in a delay of consideration and action on the request until the the following academic term.

When college students master self-advocacy skills, they are more likely to make a successful transition from high school to college.

College Students and Disability Law - Today, more students with documented disabilities are in higher education than ever before.

But for non-mathematical majors, the substitution should be only moderately difficult.

Many universities are now getting the message about Section 504 plans. It's important to keep a log of who they talked to and what they were told. Encourage the student and family to talk to disability support first, then talk to the dean and later the president's office.

Students requesting accommodation will need to provide appropriate documentation of: (1) a disability, which is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; and (2) a need for accommodation, by virtue of the specific functional limitations of the disability, to have equal access to educational opportunities.

It is the responsibility of a student with a physical or mental disability who may require any type of accommodation to make the accommodation request in a timely manner.

Although college students with disabilities are protected from discrimination under Section 504, some professors take a dim view of students who request accommodations.

College-bound students need to learn self-advocacy skills - how to present information about their disability and accommodations so professors want to help.

Here’s a partial list of common accommodations at the college level: Review the attached diagram that highlights the roles and responsibilities of students, faculty and the disability support services office in the accommodation process.

To get accommodations, you must go through the accommodation process as specified by the college you are attending.

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