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Learning Center and Disability Services

Frequently Asked Questions About Eligibility and Application Process

 

Who is eligible to receive disability services through the LCDS?

Any student with a appropriately documented disability is eligible for services. The LCDS serves students with permanent disabilities including psychological, medical, physical, learning disabilities and AD/HD.

I have a documented disability. What do I do?

College differs from high school because you are responsible for self-disclosing to any university, including SXU, your diagnosed disability. You will need to contact the Director of the LCDS and provide her with the appropriate documentation. Then you will complete paperwork, discuss appropriate accommodations, understand services available to you, and learn about the roles of you, and your professors, and LCDS has in providing the accommodations that are appropriate for you.

What is a appropriate documentation?

Appropriate documentation is a diagnostic report or verification form filled out by a credentialed medical professional such as a psychologist or physician. A prescription note from a physician is not a comprehensive evaluation of a student's disability. If you have any questions about whether you have the appropriate documentation, please contact the LCDS staff.

I have a medical disability (mobility, visual, hearing, health, developmental, TBI, etc). What type of documentation do I need?

Each student's situation and relevant documentation is evaluated on a case by case basis. In general, for students with medical disabilities, documentation that meets the following standard is helpful:

  • Diagnosis by a qualified professional.
  • Date when diagnosed and, if applicable, expected change or progression of disability
  • Tests and assessments used to make the diagnosis
  • Current functional limitations and effect on individual's educational performance
  • Recommended academic accommodations
  • Current medication plan, if any.
  • Recommended re-evaluation time period

You will be asked to present your physician with a Disabilities Verification Form, which has been created by the LCDS. This form constitutes necessary documentation for students with medical disabilities in most cases. For more information, please speak with the LCDS Director.

I have a psychological disability. What type of documentation do I need?

Each student's situation and relevant documentation is evaluated on a case by case basis. In general, for students with a psychological disability, documentation that meets the following standard is helpful:

  • Diagnosis by a qualified professional per the DSM-IV of the APA
  • Date when diagnosed
  • Tests and assessments used to make the diagnosis
  • Current functional limitations and effect on individual’s educational performance
  • Recommended academic accommodations
  • Current medication plan, if any
  • Recommended re-evaluation time period

You will be asked to present your physician with a Disabilities Verification Form, which has been created by the LCDS. This form constitutes necessary documentation for students with psychological disabilities in most cases. For more information, please speak with the LCDS Director.

I have a learning disability. What type of documentation do I need?

Each student's situation and relevant documentation is evaluated on a case by case basis. In general, for students with a learning disability, documentation that meets the following standard is helpful:

  • Diagnosis by a qualified professional
  • Date when diagnosed
  • Tests and assessments used to make the diagnosis
  • Current functional limitations and effect on individual’s educational performance
  • Recommended academic accommodations

You will be asked to present your physician with a Disabilities Verification Form, which has been created by the LCDS. This form constitutes necessary documentation for students with learning disabilities in most cases. For more information, please speak with the LCDS Director.

I have AD/HD. What type of documentation do I need?

Each student's situation and relevant documentation is evaluated on a case by case basis. In general, for students with AD/HD, documentation that meets the following standard is helpful:

  • Diagnosis by a qualified professional
  • Date when diagnosed
  • Tests and assessments used to make the diagnosis
  • Current functional limitations and effect on individual’s educational performance
  • Recommended academic accommodations
  • Current medication plan, if any

You will be asked to present your physician with a Disabilities Verification Form, which has been created by the LCDS. This form constitutes necessary documentation for students with AD/HD in most cases. For more information, please speak with the LCDS Director.

How current must the documentation be?

For all students, the documentation/evaluation must be dated within the last three years.

I had an Individual Education Plan (IEP) in high school. Can I use the IEP as documentation for a disability?

No. The law requires us to begin with an evaluation of your disability by a licensed professional, so we cannot use your IEP or 504. However, you are welcome to provide it to us.

What are my responsibilities as a SXU student with a documented disability?

Responsibilities include:

  • Meet essential aspects of course requirements along with academic, technical, and behavioral standards that exist both within a program and at Saint Xavier University.
  • Self-disclose medically diagnosed disability to the LCDS and do so within a timely manner prior to the need of an accommodation.
  • Provide the appropriate documentation based on diagnosed disability; provide the LCDS office with most up-to-date medical documentation when necessary.
  • After registering with the LCDS, student must speak with professors to arrange the approved accommodations for those classes where the need for accommodations exists.
  • Contact the LCDS if difficulty arises when arranging necessary accommodations.
  • Speak with professors if a class is a struggle; may choose to speak with the LCDS first to get advice on how to approach professors.
  • Contact the LCDS if a feeling exists that the accommodations are not working or if a professor is not being helpful.
  • Advocate for needs throughout campus; do not wait for services to come to you; utilize other resources as necessary, especially when you sense you are running into difficulties.

Take charge of your everyday performance! Ultimately, you determine your level of success in college. In choosing to attend college classes, you choose to accept the responsibilities of a student, which is about more than just attending classes and getting grades. You are responsible for orchestrating everything (using resources and meeting with others) that makes getting the grades possible. If you are unsure where to seek help, speak with the LCDS staff.

I'm a new student. How much time will it take to determine my eligibility for accommodations?

Students should provide appropriate documentation at a reasonably early date to allow time to determine eligibility. Certain accommodations may take several weeks to arrange, so the sooner we hear from students, the better.

What is an appropriate accommodation/service?

All requests for accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis per the documentation provided by the student. Reasonable accommodations may include academic modifications, exam modifications, and auxiliary services. Accommodations that fundamentally alter the nature of coursework or the materials assigned, or are unduly burdensome financially or administratively will not be provided. Faculty/staff should only provide accommodations granted by the LCDS. Students should bring problems with accommodations to the attention of the faculty member providing the accommodations and/or the LCDS staff.

As an incoming freshman, will I receive the same accommodations I received in high school?

Not necessarily. High-school special education programs are required by law to provide whatever service or accommodation a student needs to be successful. Federal law has different requirements for universities. Universities are required by law to provide equal access to education through programs and facilities. We provide this access by using accommodations, not necessarily by providing services or extra help. Access is provided through reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

Does the LCDS provide accommodations for students with temporary disabilities?

The LCDS may be able to provide accommodations for students with temporary disabilities—e.g., a broken arm or leg, recent surgery. Such students will need to self-disclose to LCDS and will be required to provide documentation of the disability according to our usual guidelines. (For example, a medical provider will need to fill out and submit a Disability Verification Form.) Upon receipt of proper documentation, LCDS will work to arrange any necessary accommodations.

Do I have to renew my accommodations each semester?

Yes. Students must notify the LCDS of any accommodation needs each semester. Once a student has an accommodation letter, it is his/her responsibility to notify the LCDS of any changes to their schedule. Accommodations are not retroactive and begin once the student provides the accommodation letter to their instructor.

If my documentation from my physician states that I need a certain accommodation, is the LCDS required to give it to me?

The purpose of documentation is to verify that a diagnosed disability does exist and has been recorded as such. Good documentation will also provide enough information to support the Director of the LCDS in determining fair and reasonable accommodations. A doctor or psychologist may even offer recommended accommodations. However, the LCDS Director, after reviewing documentation, discussing academic needs with you, and, in some cases, discussing situations with faculty will make the final determination as to what accommodations are reasonable for your situation. Recommendations provided by medical personnel to the LCDS can be helpful in determining accommodations, but the recommendations are not binding to the extent that the accommodation will be automatically granted. The LCDS will use all collected information to make a decision appropriate to the student, the specific situation, and other guidelines.

What if I am diagnosed with a disability midway through the semester?

It is not uncommon for a student to be diagnosed with a disability well into a semester or after starting college because the higher education environment is so different from previous academic experiences. In this situation, you will need to follow the same process as for a student with a known diagnosed disability from the beginning of the semester. Refer to the question: "I have a documented disability. What do I do?"

I am a student with a mobility disability, and I'm concerned about needing help in case of a fire or an emergency. Does the college have any official procedures or plans in place?

Yes, SXU has an emergency evacuation plan for students with mobility disabilities. After your self-disclosure, the LCDS will discuss preparation and add you to the confidential list of disabled persons with mobility issues to ensure that, in case of evacuation, emergency personnel are aware of your location. We will also make certain that instructors and staff whom you see regularly are aware of Saint Xavier's Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures.

I think I have a learning disability. Where can I go to get tested?

Although the LCDS does not offer testing for learning disabilities, staff can provide a referral list of providers in the Chicago area who are qualified professionals to administer any needed testing. This list is available upon request. At the university level, it is the student's responsibility to provide appropriate and official documentation of his/her disability that meets the LCDS guidelines. SXU does not provide, fund or, administer testing for any student.