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Disability Services FAQ

713-525-2169
cds@sthom.edu

  1. What is a disability?
  2. What is a reasonable accommodation?
  3. How does a person become eligible to receive accommodations?
  4. Who determines the accommodation?
  5. How are accommodations determined for a student with a disability?
  6. How do I contact Counseling and Disability Services (C&DS)?
  1. What is a disability?
    An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as any person who: "has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities (including walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, caring for oneself, or performing manual tasks), has a record of such an impairment or is regarded as having such an impairment."

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  2. What is a reasonable accommodation?
    A reasonable accommodation is an adjustment to a course, program, service, activity or facility that enables a qualified individual with a disability to have an equal opportunity to access educational benefits and privileges as are available to an individual without a disability. Some common academic accommodations include extended time on tests, use of peer note takers, use of computer with spell check and provision of sign language interpreters.

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  3. How does a person become eligible to receive accommodations?
    To become eligible, a person must have a documented disability and inform the University that he/she is requesting accommodation based on that disability. A student must:
    • Contact C&DS.
    • Provide information that validates a disability exists. This may include professional documentation that identifies the disability and indicates substantial limits in daily activities as they relate to the academic environment.
    • Consult with a C&DS counselor to determine appropriate accommodation.


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  4. Who determines the accommodation?
    Counseling and Disability Services staff, in conjunction with the Committee for Academic Accommodations, determine accommodations using:
    • Information gathered from an intake process;
    • Information from history of the disability; and
    • Documentation of the disability from qualified professionals provided by the student, if requested. 


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  5. How are accommodations determined for a student with a disability?
    Reasonable accommodations are determined on an individual basis after considering the specific disability and documentation of functional limitations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA),  the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

    For more information on documentation guidelines, visit the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) website: ahead.org. Accommodations are designed to provide equal access and educational opportunity, not to give the student a competitive edge.



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  6. How do I contact Counseling and Disability Services (C&DS)?
    Tiffany Devereux, Coordinator
    deveret@stthom.edu
    713-525-2169 or 6953

    This email address is only monitored during business hours; it is not intended for emergency purposes.  Please do not send any personal confidential information through email.  



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