The following information is provided to assist you as your son/daughter transitions from high school to college.
Guidelines for Documentation
Documentation must include:
- Current Psycho-educational evaluation including a diagnostic interview, assessment of aptitude, academic achievement, information processing and a diagnosis OR a Disability Services Office approved diagnostic report for physical/psychiatric disabilities
- Statement of limitations on academic performance in a university setting including medical history related to current medication use
- Recommendations for academic accommodations at the post-secondary level
- Documentation must be on official letterhead of professional with name, title, date and signature
A school plan, such as an IEP, 504 or summary of performance in insufficient documentation. Accommodations are provided based on an assessment of the documentation by the Disabilities Coordinator. The Disability Services Office does not provide testing for the diagnosis or documentation of disabilities. If your local high school is sending documentation, please refer them to our documentation guidelines and requirements. Documentation may be sent directly to the Disability Services Office, MSC 9, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH 03264.
All of the services and accommodations offered are part of a student’s tuition. The Disability Services Office is not a learning center. Disability Services does not offer a learning program or mentoring services. Your son/daughter does not have to apply to or be accepted to Disability Services. The process of working with Disability Services begins when your student makes an appointment to meet with an advisor. It is the responsibility of your son/daughter to not only inform us of their needs, but to access and fully utilize the services and accommodations that are available to them.
Accommodations are support and services to help the student access the general curriculum and validly demonstrate learning.
Accommodations do not fundamentally alter:
- Standards in instructional level
- Performance criteria
Your son/daughter must meet the course objectives and program standards required of all students. Modifications, which fundamentally alter expectations, standards in instructional level, content, and performance criteria, are not available.
Accommodations that may be provided include, but are not limited to the following:
- Extended time on exams
- Separate room for exams
- Books on CD
The goal of accommodations is to provide equal access, not to guarantee success.
Reminders for Parents
- Encourage your son/daughter to contact the Disability Services Office early in the semester
- Appointments will be scheduled at the request of the student
- Accommodations will be arranged at the request of the student
- If you feel an accommodation or service would benefit your student, encourage them to meet with a Disability Services advisor