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Disability Services and ADA Accommodations

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Accommodations in College

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended by the American with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, the Student Academic Support Center (SASC) provides reasonable accommodations to students with documented disabilities to ensure equitable access to educational programs and services at Rosemont College.

Under the law, a disability is defined as an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life functions. To request accommodations, students must register with the SASC, which includes providing appropriate documentation.

To verify the disability and its severity, and to determine appropriate accommodations, the SASC Disability Resources Coordinator reviews the student’s self-report, supporting documentation, and the program requirements for which the student is enrolled. All documentation is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and accommodations are determined through a collaborative process.

It should be noted that the law does not require that students with disabilities be given either special advantages or the “best” accommodations, nor does it compel the College to provide accommodations which impose an undue burden on the institution. 

Definitions

Disability: A person with a “disability” is defined as a person who has or is regarded as having any permanent mental or physical condition that substantially impairs or restricts one or more major life activities.

Such activities include as performing normal tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working, and learning. A disability is not a temporary condition (e.g., a broken arm) which will end at some point.

Reasonable Accommodation: Reasonable accommodation refers to modifications in the learning environment that would enable a student with disability to enjoy equal opportunity. Accommodations
may also include some modification to the physical environment.

Registering for Accommodations

To receive disability accommodations for the first time at Rosemont College, you must register with the Student Academic Support Center by submitting documentation and completing the steps below.

  1. Complete and return the student self-report questionnaire
  2. Submit documentation of your disability
  3. Once steps one and two have been completed, our Disability Resources Coordinator will review your documentation and will schedule an in-person appointment.

Steps 1 and 2 should be completed by the respective priority deadlines below. Documentation submitted after the priority deadlines will be reviewed in a timely manner; however, the decision-making implementation may not be guaranteed by the beginning of the semester. Please note that accommodations are not granted retroactively.

Academic Priority Deadlines:

  • For Fall 2019 – July 15, 2019
  • For Spring 2020 – December 1, 2019
  • For Summer 2020 – April 1, 2019

Previous ADA Accomodations

Students may submit their Individualized Educational Program (IEP), 504 plans, and/or history of services that were previously received as supplemental information (a written report from a certified school psychologist, physician, psychiatrist, or psychologist).

Submitting evidence of a diagnosis alone may not meet the standard of a disabling condition or be sufficient to warrant accommodations. All accommodation recommendations must be logically related to the student’s functional limitations based on evidence from the clinical evaluation. 

If the documentation that has been submitted does not contain enough information to determine appropriate accommodations, the student will be contacted. Final decision of appropriate accommodations will be determined by the Disability Resources Coordinator.


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