What can Disabilities Services staff do for students?
- Conduct screenings for disabilities and make referrals to diagnosticians.
- Review disability, health, or psychological assessments to determine appropriate academic adjustments.
- Assist students in determining which adjustments they need to access University programs.
- Help students learn to use academic adjustments successfully.
- Support the implementation of academic adjustments by communicating with faculty and by arranging such services as interpreters, testing space and taped books.
- Provide accessibility orientations to campus for new students.
- Act as professional coaches to help students reach their goals.
- Help students devise academic strategies that focus on their strengths.
- Support students in their growth in self-advocacy skills and disability management.
- Work to remove campus barriers in communication, attitudes, policies, and physical access
How is "disability" defined?
A disability is any physical or mental condition that significantly interferes with learning or with participation in classes and campus activities.
- physical disabilities (mobility, etc.)
- learning disabilities, brain injuries
- attention deficit disorder (AD/HD)
- sensory impairments (hearing, sight, etc.)
- chronic health conditions; chronic pain
- psychological conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders
How do students know if they qualify to use Disabilities Services?
Students who received accommodations in high school or in another college should bring current documentation to be reviewed by staff.
- Students with medical or psychological conditions which may interfere with their ability to participate in the classroom can bring medical records, test reports or letters from their physician or therapist.
- Students can also discuss with Disabilities Services staff the possibility of an undiagnosed disability and find out how to obtain a professional assessment.
- Students must meet with the Director of Disabilities Services before beginning services and provide documentation of disability that fulfills the requirements in the Documentation Policy.
How can students decide if they want to utilize academic adjustments?
- Students can talk over their previous academic experiences with Disabilities Services staff
- Staff can help students plan how to meet college expectations successfully
- Students should consider their classes and individual needs each quarter to decide whether or not to request accommodations
Disclosure of a disability: Who finds out?
Confidential information about a student is not given to anyone without the student’s permission.
Click to see the Confidentiality of Disability-Related Records statement.
What are the steps in arranging for service?
1. Meet with Disabilities Services staff to discuss your goals at Seattle University and the assistance you may need in reaching them.
2. Provide documentation from a qualified diagnostician
- that establishes the nature of your disability,
- that provides evaluative data with test names and scores supporting your current need for specific accommodations, and
- that may list services recommended for you.
Click to see the Documentation Policy and Documentation Form.
Your documentation is confidential, and will not be released or discussed without your permission.
3. If you need, or expect to need, an accommodation not supported by your documentation, discuss further evaluation with the Disabilities Specialist.
How can appeals or complaints be filed?
See the Seattle University Section 504/ADA Policy and Appeal Procedure