In keeping with the spirit of the ADA, the provision of accommodations is intended to be an interactive and collaborative process. As you review the information on this web site, the following may be particularly relevant to you or your parents in preparation for the next major step in your academic career.
Changes in Qualifications for Services
Regulations, guidelines, and requirements for public school are set up by the Texas Education Agency and the Independent School District. Provision of accommodations at the college level including SFA will be guided by Section 504, ADA, associated regulations, and University policy and procedure.
Changes in Types of Accommodations
With the change in academic environments will also come changes in accommodations and the method in which they are provided. Consistent with the intent of IDEA, students who have benefited from IEPs in public schools will have developed specific compensatory, learning and study skills which they should expect to use at college. They should, in many cases, be less dependent upon modifications.
Changes in Parental Disclosure
When students reach age 18 they are expected to self-advocate. In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and requirements of confidentiality under the ADA, the University's responsibility includes direct communication with the student. Students and parents should expect additional requirements, such as a Release of Confidential Information signed by the student if he/she wish to allow parent involvement.
Changes in the Documentation Review Process
There are no traditional ARD meetings; students will be expected to initiate meetings and discussion with staff and faculty regarding their specific accommodation needs. Documentation is extremely important in successfully providing a student with appropriate accommodations.
Changes in Psychological Assessment
Many students with Learning Disabilities find that they will need updated testing. Psychological testing should be current (less than 3 years), and adult-based evaluations. Also, you should be aware of the credentials of the professional diagnosing the learning disabilities. See Documentation Guidelines.
ADD/ADHD & Dyslexia
ADD/ADHD & Dyslexia are not, in of themselves, disabilities under the American with Disabilities Act. It is important to understand that the documentation submitted to Disability services needs to include the severity of the disability and its impact on learning. To do this, you will need to provide our office with current psychological evaluations; See Documentation Guidelines.