The Office of Disability Services exists to assist individuals with disabilities have opportunity for full participation and equal access to campus programs and services, in alignment with federal standards and state regulations.
Eligibility for Assistance
Services are available to any individuals with documented disabilities- students, faculty, staff, and visitors to our campus. Individuals eligible for service include, but are not limited to, those with autism spectrum or attention disorders, learning disabilities, and mobility, vision, hearing or speech impairments. Students with food allergies or other dietary restrictions may discuss these matters with the Director of Disability Services and Dining Services staff. Additionally, those with temporary disabilities, such as conditions stemming from concussion, injury or surgery, may also be eligible for accommodation services.
Individuals with disabilities have the responsibility to self-identify to the Director of Disability Services and provide relevant documentation from a qualified professional, which is required to support a request for accommodation services. The individual and the Director will discuss the appropriate and reasonable accommodations that may be beneficial in the classroom, the campus community or other areas. Given the many varieties and intricacies of disabilities, reasonable accommodations will be determined on an individual basis.
How to Receive Accommodations
It is the responsibility of the person with a disability to identify himself/herself and request appropriate accommodations. Students currently attending Stevens or accepted to Stevens can accomplish this by scheduling an appointment with the Director of Disability Services located in the Office of Disability Services. Self-identification initiates the process for receiving accommodations for a disability.
In order to obtain accommodations, the student must provide documentation of disability that describes the current impact of the disability as it relates to the accommodations that will be requested. A qualified professional trained to diagnose and treat the impairment leading to the disability, who is not a family member of the student, must prepare the documentation. It must not be altered. It should be typed and printed on the letterhead.
Documentation should include (if appropriate):
- A diagnostic statement identifying the disability, date of the current diagnostic evaluation, and the date of the original diagnosis.
- A description of the diagnostic criteria and or diagnostic test(s) used and a report on the findings of the testing including test scores.
- A description of the current level of functioning and/or the functional impact of the disability on a major life activity or activities.
- Treatments, medications, assistive devices/services currently prescribed or in use.
- Specific recommendations of accommodations or academic adjustments considered appropriate at the college level with supporting test results.
- A description of the expected progression or stability of the impact of the disability over time.
Accommodations Approval Letter
Once appropriate documentation has been received, the Director of Disability Services will email the student an approval letter. Alternatively, the student will be notified if additional documentation is required. The Director of Disability Services will facilitate the provision of accommodations on a case-by-case basis. Academic accommodations are provided at no cost to the student. If you have any questions, contact:
Phillip C. Gehman
Director of Disability Services
*All documentation can be sent via fax or email
Letter of Agreement for Accommodation Forms
After receiving the approval letter, students must meet with the Director of Disability Services at the beginning of each semester to obtain formal Letter of Agreement for Accommodation forms which they will deliver to each relevant instructor. Each semester for which the student desires accommodations, the student must complete these forms to receive accommodations. Requests for accommodations must be made in a reasonable time frame. This will ensure that arrangements can be made to provide the accommodations or services.
The Director of Disability Services will approve accommodations for each semester based on documented need(s). An approved accommodation will not be provided if it is determined that it jeopardizes the integrity of the particular course. Stevens Institute of Technology makes every effort to accommodate students with documented disabilities. Students, however, must meet all academic requirements of their courses and programs.