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Accessibility Services

The mission of Accessibility Services is to focus on the abilities of all individuals while providing an accessible and welcoming academic community.

Louisburg College seeks to create an accessible and welcoming educational experience for each individual. Louisburg College's non-discrimination policy states:

Louisburg College is committed to the equal opportunity of education and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or sexual preference, national origin, age or disability. - Louisburg College Catalog

Accessibility Services provides, arranges and coordinates accommodations and services for individuals with disabilities. Not only is this in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of (ADA), but it is also a part of our central purpose as a small college committed to offering an individualized approach to higher education. This is a free service to all individuals with documented physical, mental, psychological, or learning disabilities.

While each student in the post-secondary education setting is responsible for requesting desired accommodations, we recognize that every student's needs require a specific, individualized approach and plan. To ensure that each student's needs are fully and adequately addressed, Accessibility Services will maintain disability-related documents and certifications of eligibility and meet with individuals to update them as appropriate. We also encourage open and frequent communication to keep abreast of the individual's changing needs.

>Goals

  • To facilitate the implementation of appropriate and reasonable accommodations and support services for each eligible student, employee and visitor.

  • To seek to make our campus, our faculty and our student body inviting and welcoming to students of all abilities.

  • To develop individual plans and programs that make our campus, our facilities, and our courses of study accessible to each student with disabilities and to develop and implement an individual service plan outlining any appropriate accommodations.

  • To encourage students to develop greater independence and self-advocacy skills.

  • To provide students with appropriate referrals and information regarding testing, counseling, financial aid, academic advisement, and to other campus related resources.

  • To make assistive technology available as appropriate.

  • To ensure that Louisburg College, in every way, interprets correctly and meets the criteria required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ( ADA).

>Services Handbook

>Campus Accessibility Map

>How to Qualify

1. Make an Appointment

Contact the Accessibility Services Office to set up an intake interview with the director to discuss your needs. Our offices are located in the bottom floor of the Taft Classroom Building, on the left near the elevator, rooms 107 and 111. You are welcome to stop by, call, or email to schedule an appointment.
919-497-3236
kcapps@louisburg.edu

2. Submit Disability Documentation for Review

Students are asked to submit documentation of the disability being disclosed to Accessibility Services before the intake interview. Failing to bring documentation will slow the process of determining reasonable accommodations.
The director of Accessibility Services reviews student documentation to determine whether the student’s condition qualifies as a disability at Louisburg College. Disability determination is based on a combination of the student’s description of need, the thoroughness of the disability documentation, and documentation guidelines developed by Accessibility Services. If further documentation is needed, the student will be notified by Accessibility Services staff.
Disability Documentation Notes:
Providing documentation of disability is the responsibility of the student. In general, the less obvious the disability, the more information is required to assess a student’s needs and make accommodation recommendations. Documentation should be recent (3 years old or less), relevant and comprehensive and, where appropriate, contain test scores and interpretation (e.g. learning disability). If the original documentation is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability or reasonable accommodation, the college has the discretion to require additional documentation. Any cost incurred in obtaining additional documentation is also borne by the student.
Pending the receipt of appropriate documentation, Louisburg College reserves the right to deny services or accommodations to those who fail to meet the legal and professional definitions of “disabled” in this college environment. Students who feel that they have been unfairly denied services may file a grievance with the Vice President of Academic Life.

3. Intake Interview

During the intake interview, the student and director discuss the student’s expressed needs and concerns. A brief medical and educational history is compiled. Service eligibility, disability documentation and possible accommodations are discussed. A service plan is developed and agreed upon by the student and director. If appropriate, a form is signed to enable Accessibility Services staff to disclose accommodation eligibility to the student’s instructors. Methods of informing instructors of accommodations and utilizing accommodations are discussed.

4. Review Accommodations

Students will need to schedule an appointment with the director before or at the beginning of each semester to review accommodations and update disclosure release forms so that they apply to a student’s new set of instructors.

>Physical Disability Documentation Guidelines

Students requesting services from the Accessibility Office at Louisburg College are required to submit documentation to determine eligibility in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American Disabilities Act of 1990. The following guidelines were established to ensure that all documentation is complete and accurate. The Accessibility Office Director reserves the right to determine eligibility and appropriate accommodations based on the quality, recency, and completeness of the documentation provided. All documentation is kept confidential and must include the following information:
  • A medical diagnosis.

  • The diagnosis and evaluation should be completed by a medical doctor or appropriate specialist licensed in the specific area of disability. The evaluator‘s name, title, and professional credentials and affiliations should be provided.

  • Documentation should include the following information:

    • Stability of the disability (stable, progressive, fluctuating)
    • Information regarding the specific academic functions affected by the disability and/or treatment and the severity of the disability
    • Recommendations for academic accommodations based on specific characteristics/symptoms of the disability

  • Recency of the documentation is dependent on the nature/stability of the disability.

  • Documentation must reflect the current (within the past year) array of symptoms/characteristics and level of functioning. If the documentation does not, students may be required to submit updated documentation.

Submit all materials to:
Louisburg College
Accessibility Services
501 N. Main Street
Louisburg, NC 27549
Fax: (919) 496-6733
Phone: (919) 497-3236

>Psychological Disability Documentation Guidelines

Students requesting services from the Accessibility Office are required to submit documentation to determine eligibility in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American Disabilities Act of 1990. The following guidelines were established to ensure that all documentation is complete and accurate. The Accessibility Offices Director reserves the right to determine eligibility and reasonable accommodations based on the quality, recency, and completeness of the documentation provided. All documentation is kept confidential and must include the following information:
  • A medical or clinical diagnosis of a psychiatric disability based on Diagnostic and Statistical Manual - Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) criteria and a rationale for diagnosis.

  • An appropriate professional must perform the evaluation: a psychiatrist, a clinical psychologist, a clinical social worker, or a licensed professional counselor. The evaluator‘s name, title, and professional credentials and affiliation must be provided.

  • Documentation must include the following:
    • Information regarding the severity of the disability and the specific academic functions affected by the disability and/or medication
    • Recommendations for and compliance to prescriptive treatment, including medication
    • Recommendations for academic accommodations based on specific characteristics/symptoms of the disability

  • Documentation must reflect the current array of characteristics/symptoms and level of functioning. If documentation is not current, students may be required to submit updated documentation.
Submit all materials to:
Louisburg College
Accessibility Services
501 N. Main Street
Louisburg, NC 27549
Fax: (919) 496-6733
Phone: (919) 497-3236

>Learning Disability Documentation Guidelines

Students requesting services from the Accessibility Office are required to submit documentation to determine eligibility in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American Disabilities Act of 1990. The following guidelines were established to ensure that all documentation is complete and accurate. The Accessibility Services Director reserves the right to determine eligibility and reasonable accommodations based on the quality, recentness, and completeness of the documentation provided. All documentation is kept confidential and must include the following information:
  • A complete psychoeducational report conducted by a professional who is certified/licensed to diagnose learning disabilities within the last three years. The evaluator‘s name, title and professional credentials and affiliation must be provided. The evaluation must include:

    • Assessment of intellectual ability. Louisburg College accepts the following tests:

      • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scales (WAIS-IV) with all subtest standard scores provided. Standard scores for Verbal Comprehension, Perceptual Reasoning, Working Memory and Processing Speed Indices must be provided as well.
      • Kaufman Adult Intelligence Test (KAIT)
      • NOTE: The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) will not be accepted.

    • Assessment of educational achievement in the areas of reading, mathematics, and written language. Suitable tests include, but are not limited to:

      • Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Educational Achievement (WJ-III)
      • Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT)

    • A statement indicating diagnosis of a specific learning disability. Diagnoses based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual - Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) are preferred. A discrepancy between ability and achievement does not, in and of itself, constitute a learning disability; information on processing ability must be included.

    • A narrative indicating the current status and impact of the learning disability in an academic setting. The evaluation can be no more than 3 years old.

    • Copy of the most recent IEP.
PLEASE NOTE: While IEPs are often helpful in informing Learning Services of accommodations useful in high school, they are not appropriate documentation of disability in themselves. Students may want to ask their high schools to give them all testing used to create their most recent IEPs.
Submit all materials to:
Louisburg College
Accessibility Services
501 N. Main Street
Louisburg, NC 27549
Fax: (919) 496-6733
Phone: (919) 497-3236

>ADHD Documentation Guidelines

Students requesting services from the Accessibility Office are required to submit documentation to determine eligibility in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American Disabilities Act of 1990. The following guidelines were established to ensure that all documentation is complete and accurate. The Accessibility Office Director reserves the right to determine eligibility and reasonable accommodations based on the quality, recentness, and completeness of the documentation provided. All documentation is kept confidential and must include the following information:
  • A complete report conducted by a professional who is certified/licensed to diagnose attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder within the last three years. The evaluator‘s name, title, and professional credentials and affiliation must be provided. The evaluation must include:
    • A description of the evaluation(s) administered as well as observations and evaluation results.
    • A statement indicating diagnosis of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Diagnoses based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual - Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) are preferred.
    • A narrative indicating the current status and impact of the attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in an academic setting. The evaluation can be no more than three years old.
    • Copy of the most recent 504 plan.
PLEASE NOTE: While 504 plans are often helpful in informing Learning Services of accommodations useful in high school, they are not appropriate documentation of disability in themselves. Students may want to ask their high schools to give them all testing used to create their most recent 504 plan.
Submit all materials to:
Louisburg College
Accessibility Services
501 N. Main Street
Louisburg, NC 27549
Fax: (919) 496-6733
Phone: (919) 497-3236

>ADHD Documentation Verification Form

To ensure the provision of reasonable and appropriate accommodations, students requesting services must provide current documentation of the disability. This documentation should provide information regarding the onset, longevity and severity of symptoms, as well as the specifics describing how it has interfered with educational achievement.
Therefore, individualized assessments of current cognitive processing and educational achievement are necessary. This questionnaire should facilitate the information gathering. Appropriate services will be determined from the specific information provided.

>Faculty Guide for Accessibility Services

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Contact

Kris Capps

919-497-3236

kcapps@louisburg.edu

Accessibility Services

Taft 107, 111