DSS Brochure

Brochure

About DSS

Welcome to Disability Support Services (DSS).

The office of Disability Support Services (DSS) at the University of Central Arkansas offers a variety of services for students with documented disabilities, including learning disabilities, deaf/hard of hearing, blind/low vision, mobility limitations, attention deficit disorders (ADD/ADHD), psychiatric disorders, and medical disabilities.

We invite and encourage both prospective and enrolled student to learn more about our services by going to our website at: http://www.uca.edu/disability, or calling our office (501-450-3613) to make an appointment with a disability specialist.

Getting Started

Meet with a disability specialist.

To self-identify as a student with a disability means that you are the person to disclose to the DSS office that you have a disability and that you require services.

The decision whether to self-identify is a very personal one. Individuals with disabilities are welcome to discuss their concerns with DSS staff. A decision to self-identify is understood and respected.

After you have been accepted to UCA. you are urged to contact the DSS office as soon as possible. Identification of needs can help to ensure that arrangements and accommodations can be made before your arrival. The more time the DSS staff has to make these arrangements, the easier the transition to UCA will be.

DSS Registration

STEP 1:  Schedule an appointment with DSS.

STEP 2:  Obtain and complete DSS registration forms. You can complete
these forms during your first visit to DSS.

STEP 3:  Meet with a disability support specialist and submit registration forms.
If you have documentation of your disability, bring it with you. If you
do not have documentation on the date of your appointment, bring
contact information (address, phone number, fax number) for the
professional who diagnosed your condition and/or has a record of
your disability on file.

STEP 4:  You are officially registered with UCA Disability Support Services
when: You have submitted appropriate documentation of disability.
You have completed and submitted the UCA Disability Support
Services registration forms.You have discussed appropriate
accommodations & services with a disability support specialist.You
have received accommodation approval from the DSS Director.

STEP 5:  Once DSS forms and documentation of disability are received, DSS
will process your request.  Average processing time is 2-3 business
days. Please call DSS to confirm when your letters will  be ready for
pick up.

STEP 6:   Visit with your instructors during office hours (as listed within his or
her course syllabus).  Present your accommodation letter and discuss
any additional disability/accommodation  related concerns at this
time.

Documentation Criteria

In order to receive services from DSS, your file must contain documentation of your disability. The records kept in our office are confidential and are not part of your academic record. In general, documentation should include:

1.  Specific diagnosis and description of the disability,   including an indication
of   the duration of the disability.

2.  Names of any standardized tests that were given to determine the disability

3.  Description of any treatment related to your disability.

4.  Description of the probable impact of the disability in a university setting.

5.  For the diagnosis of a specific learning disability, objective evidence of a

substantial limitation to learning must be provided. At a minimum, the

evaluation must address aptitude, achievement and information processing.

6.  The documentation must be written on the professional's official stationary.

Information provided by the professional will be considered when making

decisions about the student's request. Final accommodation decision rests
with the university

Reasonable accommodations are provided modifications which make a facility or program accessible, allowing a qualified individual with a disability equal opportunities.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires reasonable accommodations as away to overcome barriers that limit opportunities for otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities.

Services
Accommodation Letters Assistive/Adaptive Technology
Sign Language Interpreting Services
Note-taking Assistance
Advance Registration
Alternative Media
Faculty/Staff Consultation
Counseling/Advocacy Services
Lab/Library Assistance
Exam Accommodations

Additional services are available. Please visit or call DSS for information.

Assistive Technology Lab

The Assistive Technology Lab is housed in the

Torreyson Library room 222. Computers are available with speech text enlargement, voice recognition, Braille, and scanning capability.

Accessible Parking

In order to use UCA accessible parking spaces, you must have a permit. Please presents Disabled Persons Access to Parking form issued by the state of Arkansas, to the UCA Police Department. The location of the University Police and accessible parking spaces are indicated within this brochure.

Due to the growth of our campus, new accessible parking areas are currently being added. In order to obtain the latest information on accessible parking, contact the University Police Department at: (501) 450-3111.

DSS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q:  Can I take my exams in the DSS office?

A:   Yes If your accommodations include distraction reduced testing and/or extended time, you may be

able to take your exams in DSS. Contact DSS at least one week prior to the exam date to reserve an

exam room. DSS will return your finished exam to the instructor

Q:   I plan to live on campus this semester Can DSS assist me with getting accommodations in my residence hall?

A:   Yes if you are approved for residence hall accommodations, DSS and Housing staff can coordinate services to meet your needs.

Q:   Should I include information about my disability with my UCA admission application?

A:   Questions concerning your disability are not included within the UCA admission application. Such

questions are against Federal Law. UCA admissions policies are the same for all students, regardless of disability status. It is your decision whether or not to disclose details about your disability.

Q:   If I register with Disability Support Services, can I get grades changed for college coursework that I attempted before I registered?

A:   Accommodations are authorized only after you are registered with DSS. There are no retroactive accommodations or services.

Q:   I think I may have a learning disability Does UCA evaluate students for learning or other disabilities?

A:   No. UCA does not evaluate students for disabilities. Referrals to local professionals who can  administer evaluations for learning, attention, or psychological disabilities can be provided for a student to pursue independently.

For additional information please contact:

UCA Disability Support Services

201 Donaghey Avenue

Student Health Building 212

Conway, AR 72035

Call:

(501) 450-3613 (Voice)

(501) 450-3628 (TTY)

(501) 450-5664 (Fax)

or visit us online at:  www.uca.edu/disability