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Student Accessibility and Support Services Accommodation Process

A step by step guide to requesting accommodations at Emporia State University

The Process

What is the process for requesting accommodations at Emporia State (ESU)?

Step 1: Contact Student Accessibility and Support Services (SASS) and tell us about your disability.

  • The decision to make a disability known to SASS (self-disclosing) is up to the student. SASS does not seek out students with disabilities.
  • Schedule a meeting with SASS as soon as possible. You can even meet with SASS while still in high school. You can stop in, call us, or email us to begin the process. All of our contact information is located at the bottom of this page.
  • You can self-disclose any time during your academic career, although accommodations are not retroactive – this is, accommodations don’t apply to the past.
  • Complete the SASS registration form.pdf.

Step 2: Provide appropriate and current documentation of your disability.

Each person and each disability is unique; though, there are general guidelines that SASS utilizes for disability documentation. High school 504 Plans or Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) do not transfer to post-secondary education are not sufficient documentation for post-secondary accommodations. However, the documentation that was used to develop a 504 Plan or an IEP – psychological evaluation, medical records, etc. – might be sufficient. Documentation should be current, relevant, and include information about the impact of the disability on learning and life activities. Documentation typically includes, but is not limited to:

  • Comprehensive assessments and evaluations, using adult scales, conducted by an appropriately credentialed professional;
  • Demonstration of the evaluation having ruled out alternative explanations and diagnoses for presenting problems;
  • Clear statement of the current impact of the disability upon major life functions and the functional limitations in an educational environment;
  • Background information such as pertinent and relevant histories; academic, family, developmental, medical, psychosocial, treatment, therapy, interventions and accommodations; and
  • Specific diagnosis with accommodation recommendations. For disabilities involving learning (such as learning disabilities, ADD or ADHD, traumatic brain injuries and most psychiatric disabilities) a full psycho-educational test battery needs to be included in the documentation.

For disability involving learning (such as learning disabilities, ADD or ADHD, traumatic brain injuries, and most psychiatric disabilities) a full psycho-education evaluation should be included in the documentation.

Step 3: Request accommodations for your disability.

Once you have completed the SASS registration form and provided your disability documentation, you will meet one-on-one with SASS. During the meeting, reasonable and appropriate accommodations to ensure your access to the programs and services of ESU will be agreed to. Accommodations do not modify the curriculum or fundamentally alter the nature of ESUs services, programs, or activities.

Accommodations are customized to the individual needs of each student, class, and situation. Examples of accommodations are:

  • Extended time for exams.
  • Digital recording of lectures.
  • Alternate format textbooks.
  • Sign language interpreters.
  • Readers and scribes for exams.
  • Moving classes to barrier-free locations.

Step 4: Enjoy being a Hornet!

Once you have told us about your disability, provided documentation, and requested accommodations, all that’s left is to enjoy your time at ESU.