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Academic services constitute an integral component of equalizing the post-secondary environment for students who experience disabilities. Disability Services (DS) is responsible for coordinating services for UAS students who experience disabilities. DS also serves as a resource; providing information to the Sitka campus community. The mission of UAS Disability Services is to provide equal access and opportunity for all students to enhance student learning and achievement.

When barriers do arise, Disability Services assists in the identification of reasonable adjustments. DS can provide details about services and accommodations that are available to qualified students with appropriate documentation. Early planning is encouraged and necessary to allow DS staff adequate time to arrange for services. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with and provide the appropriate disability documentation to DS.

Disability Services works with students who have a variety of different abilities and strengths.

  • Learning Disabilities
  • Psychological or Mental Health Issues
  • PTSD
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Medical Issues
  • Chronic Illness
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Veterans: Service-related Issues

Additional UAS Disability Services Information

UAS Sitka provides accommodations for students with disabilities under provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. It is the student’s sole responsibility to request services in writing and to provide documentation for the purpose of determining eligibility for services.

Eligibility under ADA requires that a person has a diagnosed impairment which significantly limits one or more major life activities. Current case law defines major life activities as walking, sitting, standing, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, reading, writing, working, performing mathematical calculations, and caring for oneself. Both the impairment and the limitation of a major life activity must be established to be eligible under ADA. Diagnoses are primarily derived from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) version IV, Revised or the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) version 10.

UAS does not provide diagnostic testing for disabilities but can refer students to appropriate clinicians and diagnosticians for assessment.

Disabilities Services staff respect and promote the dignity and worth of all individuals and embrace human diversity within a warm, accepting, and confidential environment. Students can expect to receive the following from UAS Disability Services:

  • Examination accommodations (extended time, distraction-reduced testing environment, readers, scribes, etc.)
  • Communication accommodations (interpreters, note takers, assistive listening devices, etc.)
  • Other adaptive accommodations and assistive technology (alternative text books, speech to text/text to speech, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Livescribe Smart pens)
  • Assistance to get access to academic courses
  • The highest ethical, legal, and professional standards of confidentiality
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