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Disability Services Frequently Asked Questions

  1. If I register with DS will it show up on my academic record?
  2. Are there separate admission standards for students with disabilities?
  3. When and where do I send my disability documentation?
  4. If I am receiving accommodations elsewhere will I automatically qualify at SFA?
  5. Do you have designated parking for persons with disabilities?
  6. Does DS provide books on tape?
  7. I cannot write due to a broken arm, can you help?
  8. Do you only provide sign language interpreters for classes?
  9. Can I receive accommodations on assessment tests?
  10. What type of services are offered by DS?
  11. How do special education services differ from university accommodations?

 

If I register with DS will is show up on my academic record?

No.  A student’s academic record is maintained by the Registrar’s Office.  All disability documentation and information related to a student with a disability is maintained in a confidential file in DS office.

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Are there separate admission standards for students with disabilities?

No.  Students with disabilities must meet the same admission standards as their non-disabled peers.  DS encourages students with disabilities to address their disability in the supplemental essay that accompanies the application for admission.  This information may be considered during the admission review process. 

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When and where do I send my disability documentation?

DS encourages applicants for admission to send a copy of their disability documentation to DS   after the admissions process in completed and the student has decided to attend SFA.  DS will review the documentation based on the appropriate guidelines to determine if the applicant would qualify for accommodations and support services at SFA.  DS will then notify the applicant of any approved accommodations or the need for additional information.  This information will be maintained by DS  should the applicant be admitted.  Enrolled students with disabilities who may require accommodations and support services should submit disability documentation to DS  as early as possible in order to ensure that accommodations can be provided in a timely manner.

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If I am receiving accommodations elsewhere will I automatically qualify at SFA?

No.  DS reviews all disability documentation according to our guidelines.  Therefore you may or may not qualify for the same accommodations at SFA.  For this reason we strongly encourage students to send a copy of their disability documentation to DS for a review as soon as you are admitted.  It is important that students have information regarding accommodations in order to make an informed decision about which university can best meet their disability needs.

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Do you have designated parking for persons with disabilities?

Yes, available in all areas of parking on campus.  If you have a disability that is permanent, or is expected to affect your mobility for more than 60 days, it is recommended that you obtain a disabled person parking placard from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) through the county tax assessor-collector’s office. Applications must include a statement from a physician that certifies the type of disability (mobility impairment or otherwise) and whether the disability is temporary or permanent.

All SFA students must display a valid SFA permit in addition to the disabled person plate or placard issued by TxDOT to park in a designated disabled person parking space.  If all disabled spaces are full, any legal space can be used with the exception of reserved spaces such as visitor, hall director and service/delivery. 

SFA students who have a temporary sick or injured can obtain an Temporary Sick or Injured permit with written notification from the Student Health Center or a personal doctor. The expected period of time must be included and cannot exceed 60 days.  Vehicles displaying this permit are allowed to park in areas other than the area designated on his/her regular valid permit  however the permit does not authorize the use of disabled parking spaces, visitor, service delivery, 30-minute, or any other reserved parking space on campus.  

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Does DS provide books on tape?

Yes.  DS can facilitate access to books on audiotape for enrolled SFA students.  Upon request DS will record books and other academic-related materials on audiotape for students and/or acquire tape recordings from Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D).

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I cannot write due to a broken arm, can you help?

DS can provide note taking paper to students who cannot take notes due to a temporary disability.  The student can provide the paper to fellow classmates who will serve as their note taker.  Depending on the nature of the class, DS may also assist the student in acquiring copies of overheads used in class or professor notes.  DS can also provide a scribe for exams.  Start this process by contacting Dr. Peggy Scott in the Judicial Affairs office.

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Do you only provide sign language interpreters for classes?

No.  In addition to providing interpreting services for Deaf and hard of hearing students in class, students can request an interpreter for tutoring sessions, a play, lecture, student organization meeting or any other university-sponsored event by completing a Request for Interpreters Form: Special Appointment.

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Can I receive accommodations on assessment tests?

Based on an individual student's documentation, accommodations may be approved for the reading, writing or mathematics assessment test. Students registered with DS who plan to take any of these tests may request a letter from DS listing their approved accommodations. The student will complete a separate application for the Testing Center.  This information should be requested and arranged at least two weeks in advance of the scheduled test date.  

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What type of services are offered by DS?

DS reviews disability documentation and determines appropriate accommodations on an individual basis for students with disabilities.  DS offers consultation and disability management counseling to students as requested.  Students receive accommodations from faculty members directly, or through DS, such as extended time or readers for exams.  Staff also assist students by working with university faculty and staff when issues arise.  DS may also refer a student to appropriate on and off-campus services, such as tutoring, counseling, medication review and/or social services.

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How do special education services differ from university accommodations?

Special education is mandated to provide a free and appropriate education to public school students through the provision of instructional services and modifications.  The school is responsible for ensuring a student’s progress.  It does not apply to universities or colleges.  Universities, on the other hand, must ensure that a student does not encounter discrimination due to a disability, and must provide reasonable accommodations that allow the student to fully participate in university programs/classes.

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