Accommodation Assistance for Students with Disabilities
- In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the University offers reasonable accommodations to students with eligible documented learning, physical and/or psychological disabilities.
- Under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act of 2008, a disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities as compared to an average person in the population.
- It is the responsibility of the student to contact Disability Support Services(DSS) to initiate the process to develop an accommodation plan. This accommodation plan will not be applied retroactively. Appropriate, reasonable accommodations will be made to allow each student to meet course requirements, but no fundamental or substantial alteration of academic standards will be made.
- Students needing assistance should contact Disability Support Services (256-765-4214).
- Disability Support Services determines reasonable academic accommodations for students, based on appropriate documentation and the academic requirements of the individual program. DSS also considers the current academic needs of students as well as accommodations that have been used in previous educational settings.
- Providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations in the classroom is a collaborative process between the student, UNA faculty/staff, and DSS.
- Accommodations are provided to assist students with academic challenges while maintaining the academic integrity of UNA programs of study and do not involve any lowering of standards of performance. The process is as follows:
- The student goes to the Disability Support Services Office to request accommodation assistance.
- The student submits documentation from a qualified professional verifying their disability and need for accommodations. For additional information on what documentation will be needed, click on the Documentation Guidelines link.
- The student and the DSS staff will meet to set up an accommodation plan on the basis of the documentation presented.
- Should additional documentation be required, it is the responsibility of the student to obtain the requested documentation in a timely manner.
- Each semester, the student takes the appropriate documentation to each of their classes to begin the accommodation process.
- Supportive services will be provided in correlation with accommodation plans. Supportive services are provided upon students’ request.
If you have questions or concerns about the accommodation process, please contact DSS at: