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Services and Documentation

Covid-19 Office Operations

Our offices are available for in-person, phone, or video appointments. Email or call for more information. Additional information is also available on the UA coronavirus information website.

We are here to help provide equal opportunities for students who experience disabilities. This is a university-wide commitment. DS is here to help you by using an individualized and interactive approach. Academic accommodations and reasonable accommodations are part of equalizing the playing field. DS is responsible for the coordination of accommodations, and you, the student are responsible for initiating those services by contacting the DS office.

General Services Available to all Students who Experience Disabilities

  • Registration assistance
  • Faculty notification (only with student’s permission)
  • Liaison with other agencies such as the Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Veteran’s Affairs
  • Use of Adaptive Computing Lab for training and study
  • References to reading materials on disabilities
  • Academic adjustments

Examples Academic Accommodations Available with Supporting Documentation

  • Testing adjustments (e.g., Extended time, reduced distraction environment, and/or access to adaptive software as needed)
  • Note-taking assistance
  • Scribe and Reader services
  • Alternate Format Materials (e.g., book and other course materials in large print, Braille, audio tape, digital audio, electronic text, etc.)
  • Assistive technology (e.g., computer equipment, tape recorders, assistive listening devices, etc.)
  • American Sign Language interpreters when available

This list is not exhaustive and students interested in receiving academic accommodations should make an appointment to speak with DS to discuss their individual needs.

Supporting Documentation Requirements

Current diagnostic and/or evaluative reports completed by a trained professional are required as documentation. The documentation should be provided on letterhead signed by a healthcare provider or counselor.  While other forms of documentation may be considered, a one line letter or a verification of a diagnosis written on a prescription pad are not adequate documentation to support requests for accommodation.

Please reivew the Frequently Asked Questions about Documentation and contact Disability Services if you have any questions.

All evaluations, test results, and medical records are confidential and are used for the sole purpose of determining eligibility for accommodations. The nature of the disability or temporary disabling condition is not released to any other party except with the written consent of the student. There is no disclosure to other university personnel.