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Office of Accommodative Services

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Students with Disabilities

In order to assure equal access for students with disabilities, Clarkson University’s Office of Accommodative Services provides reasonable accommodations to qualified students in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. We also educate and advocate for an accessible and hospitable learning environment, and promote responsibility and self-advocacy on the part of the individuals we serve. Partnered with Clarkson’s ADA Committee, the Office of Accommodative Services extends this mission by creating a campus environment where all persons are viewed on the basis of ability.


FAQ’s

Who is eligible to obtain accommodative services?

What documents are needed to obtain services?

If my son or daughter received services for a disability, will those same services be available at the college level?

What kinds of accommodations does the Office of Accommodative Service provide?

Does the Office of Accommodative Services provide tutoring services?



Who is eligible to obtain accommodative services?

The ADA defines a person with a disability as any person who:

  • Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities
  • Has a record of such an impairment
  • Is regarded as having such an impairment

What documents are needed to obtain services?

In order for Accommodative Services to determine if a student's condition meets the standard defined by the law, the disability documentation submitted by the student must contain all of the elements detailed below.

  • A licensed or credentialed examiner
  • A diagnostic statement identifying the disability (note that a condition does not automatically qualify as a disability)
  • A description of the diagnostic methodology
  • A description of the current functional limitations
  • A description of the expected duration and progression of the condition
  • A rationale and justification for all requested accommodations

For detailed information about what is required for learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, physical and sensory disabilities and psychological impairments, please visit the Office of Accommodative Services web site at http://clarkson.edu/oas/doc_guidelines.html .


If my son or daughter received services for a disability, will those same services be available at the college level?


Not necessarily. Primary and Secondary School accommodations are designed to help the student succeed. While we want your son or daughter to succeed at Clarkson, the role of Accommodative Services is to provide access to facilities, courses, and programs. Once the student has equal access, then the student may elect to use other support programs on campus designed to help students succeed. 

If you visit the Accommodative Services web site section for prospective students, you will find some clear information about the differences between high school and college for students with disabilities, as well as links to support services on campus. 


What kinds of accommodations does the Office of Accommodative Service provide?

Accommodations frequently used by students with disabilities are extended time for test taking, a quiet location for test taking, print materials in alternate formats, housing accommodations, and assistive listening devices. Appropriate reasonable accommodations are determined on an individual basis using current and comprehensive disability documentation.


Does the Office of Accommodative Services provide tutoring services?


No. Students with Disabilities may be eligible for tutoring services and academic counseling through Student Support Services. Please visit their web site at http://clarkson.edu/pipeline/programs/sss.html .