Student Accessibility Registration Process

To register with Student Accessibility Services, the student must be admitted to the University of Mary and have a documented disability. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 define disability as "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities." Major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, sitting, standing, lifting, reaching, sleeping, and mental/emotional processes such as thinking, concentrating, and interacting with others. The ADA also protects individuals from discrimination if they have a record of such impairments or if they are regarded as having such impairments.

TO REGISTER WITH STUDENT ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES:

1. Contact the Coordinator of Student Accessibility Services to help you start the registration process. This step is not mandatory, but it is recommended for students who have never applied for post-secondary disability-related accommodations, students who are submitting multiple applications, or students who have questions about the registration process.

2. Submit the appropriate application:

3. Submit documentation that verifies your eligibility for services. When applying for residence hall or dining accommodations, ask your medical provider to complete the last two pages of the application. When applying for classroom accommodations, it is recommended that the diagnosing medical professional completes the Request for Documentation. A diagnostic report or a letter on the professional’s letterhead stating the diagnosis and describing the functional limitations of the disability can be substituted for the Request for Documentation. Ask the professional to follow the Documentation Guidelines.

4. Complete an intake appointment. The Coordinator of Student Accessibility Services will contact you to schedule your intake appointment once your application and supporting documentation have been received and reviewed. During your intake appointment, you will:

  • Review resources available to you;
  • Discuss how your disability affects you in the classroom, residence hall, and/or dining hall;
  • Develop an accommodation plan; and
  • Review your rights and responsibilities.