Student Accessibility and Support Services Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to common questions
WHEN SHOULD I CONTACT STUDENT ACCESSIBILITY AND SUPPORT SERVICES (SASS)?
Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact SASS as soon as possible, even before admission. Admission decisions at ESU are made without regard to disability; all prospective students are expected to present academic credentials at or above minimum standards. You are not required to tell you admissions counselor about your disability; however, your admissions counselor can easily connect you with SASS.
I HAVE A DIAGNOSIS OF _____. DOES THAT MEAN I HAVE A DISABILITY?
A diagnosis does not necessarily equal a disability. A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life function. If your_________ substantially limits a major life function it may be a disability.
WILL MY IEP OR 504 PLAN TRANSFER WITH ME TO ESU?
No. IEPs and 504 Plans are specific to high school. The documentation your high school used to create your IEP or 504 plan may be used by SASS as documentation – depending upon how old and how comprehensive the documentation is. At ESU accommodations will be provided to ensure you access to all the programs and services of the university.
WILL I RECEIVE THE SAME ACCOMMODATIONS I RECEIVED IN HIGH SCHOOL?
It depends. Often high schools provide students with modifications rather than accommodations. Modifications at the high school level are often changes to the curriculum – allowing multiple choice instead of essay exams; allowing fewer questions be answered on an exam; not having to read all of the books for a literature class, etc. Modifications are not provided at the college level. Accommodations are provided to ensure access to the class content and provide the access to show you have mastered the class content.
DOES SASS NOTIFY MY PROFESSOR OF MY ACCOMMODATIONS EACH SEMESTER?
No. It is the student’s responsibility to take the accommodation letter to each professor at the beginning of the semester for the professor’s signature and to discuss how the accommodations will be implemented in the class. If the class is online, it is your responsibility to email the accommodation letter to the professor.
DO I HAVE TO DISCLOSE MY DISABILITY TO MY PROFESSORS?
No. However it is recommended that you tell your professor about your disability and how the accommodations assist your access to the class.
WHAT IF I DON’T NEED ACCOMMODATIONS FOR ALL OF MY CLASSES? CAN I JUST USE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR CERTAIN CLASSES?
Yes. Because the structure of classes differ, you may not need accommodations for all of your classes.
WHAT IF THE ACCOMMODATIONS ARE NOT WORKING OR NO LONGER NEEDED?
You need to contact SASS as soon as possible to discuss changes to the accommodations. Accommodations can be revised at any point during the semester.
HOW OFTEN MUST I PROVIDE NEW DOCUMENTATION TO SASS?
Once you are registered as a student with a disability, further documentation is generally not required. However, if there are changes to your disability or you require additional accommodations that are not indicated by the original documentation, further evaluation and documentation may be requested.
WHAT CAN I DO TO ENSURE MY SUCCESS AS A STUDENT WITH A DISABILITY?
- Understand your disability.
- Accept responsibility for your own success.
- Learn time management skills.
- Acquire computer skills.
- Research post-secondary educational programs.