The Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) exists to provide equal access to students with documented disabilities and temporary medical conditions. We arrange reasonable accommodations and program access upon request striving to ensure that discrimination on the basis of disability does not occur.
Join Jackie Owen as she explores the purpose and services that ODAS provides to our community.
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ODAS is committed to providing accommodations in a timely fashion. A student requesting accommodations must contact a Disability Support Advisor and submit relevant documentation from their healthcare provider. The advisor will meet with the student to discuss appropriate accommodations and resources, and then notify his or her professors of the accommodations.
- Documentation of the Disability
It is the student’s responsibility to disclose the disability. If the student fails to do so, professors and others are not obligated to accommodate the disability. Before the accommodation process can begin, the student with a disability must provide satisfactory written documentation of the disability to the Office of Disability Accommodation Support (DeMoss Hall 1264 ). Costs associated with documentation of a disability are the responsibility of the student. Documentation can be faxed (434-582-3858), scanned and emailed (email@example.com), or hand-delivered to our office (DeMoss Hall 1264).
- Intake Meeting
Once the documentation has been received by ODAS, the student will be contacted to set up a short intake meeting to discuss possible accommodations.
- Accommodation Requests
After the initial meeting with an ODAS Advisor, a student who requests academic accommodations is required to fill out an “Academic Accommodation Request Form” each semester giving Disability Support Staff permission to request the accommodations The student can then follow up with his/her professor, if desired, regarding particular details of the accommodation request (i.e. modified attendance, or a make-up test).
- Non-academic Accommodations
A student who requests non-academic accommodations can access links to the required forms on our home page for the following: Housing Disability Accommodation, Service/Emotional Support Animal Accommodation, Meal Plan Accommodation (See: www.liberty.edu/ODAS > “Submit Requests for Other Accommodations”). Questions can be emailed to: Accessibility@Liberty.edu.
- Documentation of the Disability
- Alternative Textbook Services
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (Classroom interpreting)
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Outside of Classroom (students only)
- Housing Disability Accommodation Request
- Meal Plan Accommodation
- Report an ADA Barrier Around Campus
- Service/Emotional Support Animal Accommodation Request
- Service/Emotional Support Animal Policy from Residence Life
For Liberty University Interpreting Services, please visit the LUIS website.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability against students in institutions of higher education. Section 504 mandates “reasonable” accommodations to provide equal program access to all students with disabilities. Faculty must provide accommodations that meet the needs of each student with a disability.
The university has an obligation to make reasonable accommodations in policies, practices or procedures when needed to prevent discrimination on the basis of disability unless making such accommodations would fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program or activity, or would result in undue financial and administrative burdens.
We realize that individuals with temporarily disabling conditions resulting from injuries, surgery or short-term medical conditions may need access to accommodations similar to individuals with permanent disabilities. Examples of temporary disabilities may include but are not limited to pregnancy and parenting complications, broken limbs, hand injuries, or short-term impairments following surgery or medical treatments.
We are committed to providing pregnant and parenting students with the same benefits and services provided to the rest of the Liberty University community. Pregnant students, or students with parenting responsibilities, may request accommodations through ODAS.
A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual.
- Major Life Activities:
The phrase major life activities refers to normal functions such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.
- Physical Impairment:
A physical impairment includes any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: neurological, musculoskeletal, special sense organs, respiratory and speech organs, cardiovascular, reproductive, digestive, genitourinary, hemic and lymphatic, skin and endocrine.
- Mental Impairment:
A mental impairment includes any mental or psychological disorder such as organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities.
- Learning Disability:
A learning disability is a generic term that refers to a heterogeneous group of disorders manifested by significant difficulties in the acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, or mathematical abilities. These disorders occur in persons of average to very superior intelligence and are presumed to be due to central nervous system dysfunction.
- Major Life Activities:
Specific disabilities include, but are not limited to, the following: blindness or visual impairment; chronic illnesses; psychiatric and emotional disabilities (ADHD, anxiety and related disorders, depression, etc.); deafness or hearing impairments; epilepsy or seizure disorders; orthopedic impairment; specific learning disability; speech disorder; spinal cord or traumatic brain injury; and neurological and neuromuscular disorders.
Students with documented disabilities may be eligible for some of the following services:
- Extended time for testing
- Testing in a quiet environment
- Priority pre-registration
- One-on-one accommodation advising
- ASL Interpreters
- Osborne Assistive Learning Technology Center:
- JAWS for Windows: screen reading software for the visually impaired
- Kurzweil 3000: scanning and reading software for students with reading disabilities
- Dragon Naturally Speaking: speech recognition software which can turn speech into print
- CCTV: magnification hardware for the visually impaired
Contact ODAS: We’re here to help!
Visit us in DeMoss Hall 1264 or give us a call at (434) 592-4016.
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