Your first step in obtaining accommodations is to request a meeting with the Director of Disability Services. We encourage you to do this even if you do not have documentation in hand at the time of the first meeting. The need for documentation can be assessed during the first meeting. Our priority is to begin the conversation about your future college success. Incoming students contact: Please contact us before SOAR to be included in our SOAR advising group. For transfer students, meet with us when you come to campus to select your courses with the registrar. To request an appointment with the director, Pam Schwartz, Ph.D.: or call 517/629-0825.
The process of determining appropriate accommodations is based on your report of past history and impressions of future needs as well as the Director's professional assessment and knowledge of your college level classes. Third party documentation serves to add to the pool of information available to the Director to make judgments regarding the appropriateness of various requests. It is best if you begin the process of obtaining this information as soon as possible. If you are uncertain what you need we can help you.
Third party documentation that is useful in this process for students with Learning Disabilities or ADHD includes IEP/504 plans and psychoeducational evaluations. Psychoeducational or neuropsychological test scores can be very helpful for us in assisting planning for effective accommodations. We also use this information to assist you in developing the appropriate college level study strategies. For students with other disabilities, a letters from your physician, psychologist or other professional provider should be provided.
It is useful if the report contains the following components:
To assist you in gathering this information, we have forms that you can have your provider fill out and return to us. The questions contained in the forms can facilitate obtaining the crucial information outlined above.
Together with the Director of the Learning Support Center, you will develop a plan for appropriate accommodations and services. If at any time while attending Albion College, you feel you require further accommodations or services, you can meet with the Director to discuss these additional needs.
To facilitate appropriate and timely accommodations, it is the responsibility of the student to fill out an online request for accommodation form each semester. You will indicate which faculty members you wish to receive a copy of your approved accommodations. Letters are sent as email attachments to the faculty members listed as well as the student.
Albion College is committed to ensuring that all information provided by the student remains confidential as is required by law. No one has access to student's files outside of the LSC.
The appeals process is a request for reconsideration of an accommodation request. In general the first step would be to schedule a meeting with the Director of the Learning Support Center to discuss the situation. Faculty may also utilize the appeals procedure if they believe an accommodation is unreasonable and would alter the educational purpose of the course.