|University Undergraduate Advising Handbook|
RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
The Office for Disability Services (ODS) provides reasonable academic accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. ODS assists students within a broad range of disability categories, including but not limited to Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders, hearing impairments, learning disabilities, neurological impairments, physical disabilities, psychological disabilities, and visual impairments.
Students who seek assistance through ODS must self-disclose their need for such services to ODS at University Park or the Disability Contact Liaison (DCL) at other Penn State campuses. To be eligible for reasonable academic accommodations, students must have a documented disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, 1973, or the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), 2008. A disability is defined under these laws as a physical or emotional impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.
When a student's disability warrants a priority registration, the student's degree audit, page 1, will display the appropriate registration date.
For students who suspect that they have a learning disability, the Psychological Clinic provides an initial screening to determine if further testing should be done. If further testing is warranted, an evaluation can be conducted to determine the nature of the disability and whether accommodations through the University may be justified. In addition, the clinic can evaluate students for possible Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and its possible impact on academic performance. The clinic can also evaluate students for cognitive (memory, attention, etc.) and other problems associated with a history of traumatic brain injury or concussion that may impact academic performance.
Adaptive Technology and Services in 113 W Pattee Library (814-865-0284) provides a variety of resources and assistive technologies such as software, customized hardware, and other devices.
The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. Please consult a Penn State academic adviser for more detailed information.
This page is part of the University Undergraduate Advising Handbook, which is maintained by the Division of Undergraduate Studies, DUS@psu.edu.
Last Update: June 2012