LUOA ODAS Purpose and Process

Liberty University Online Academy

Our Purpose

The Liberty University Online Academy Office of Disability Academic Support (LUOA ODAS) exists to coordinate support services for its students with disabilities. Pursuant to applicable disability laws and regulations, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, LUOA seeks to provide reasonable disability accommodations and to create equal access to its programs and activities for its students with disabilities in its LUOA K-12 courses and the Liberty University college-level courses offered through LUOA’s dual enrollment program. LUOA ODAS also provides disability accommodations to students of LUOA-affiliated schools who are enrolled or participate in LUOA programs and activities but only to the extent that such students are enrolled or participate in LUOA programs and activities and the accommodations relate to such enrollment or participation in LUOA programs and activities. LUOA ODAS works in conjunction with faculty, students, and their parents or legal guardians to ensure that reasonable accommodations are provided for students with disabilities in accordance with LUOA policies and processes.

Definition of Disability

A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Mental Impairment: A mental impairment includes any mental or psychological disorder such as organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities.
  4. Learning disabilities: 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.

 

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 neuro-muscular disorders.

Reasonable Accommodations

LUOA is committed to providing its students with a disability reasonable accommodations in policies, practices, and procedures when accommodations are needed to provide equal access to LUOA programs and activities, and to prevent discrimination on the basis of disability, unless making the accommodations would fundamentally alter the nature of the program or activity or would result in undue financial or administrative burden on LUOA.

Parents and guardians of new and prospective LUOA students are encouraged to review the information presented in the Overview of LUOA Disability Support Processes to become familiar with the policies, processes, requirements, and expectations of the LUOA ODAS office. If your child has a disability and would like to know what types of accommodations he or she may be eligible to receive at LUOA, please contact LUOA ODAS at luoodas@liberty.edu with the following information:

  1. Notification that your child is a new or prospective LUOA student requesting information regarding accommodations.
  2. A description of his or her disability.
  3. Your child’s intended start date for class (if known).


Our office will email you a list of possible accommodations that your child may be eligible to receive. Please note, however, that this list of accommodations is not exclusive. The disability services process is interactive in nature, and LUOA ODAS will carefully consider all requested accommodations in an effort to provide individually-tailored accommodations that best fit your child’s educational needs.

Requesting Disability Accommodations

Parents or legal guardians requesting disability accommodations for an LUOA student must first contact LUOA ODAS by submitting a Notification of Need Form and an Accommodation Request Form

Submitting Medical Documentation

In order to receive disability accommodations, a student must also submit appropriate medical documentation to LUOA ODAS. Costs associated with documentation of a disability (e.g., costs for medical appointments, diagnostic procedures, and treatment; medical record transfers; and other related costs) are the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.

Specific documentation requirements:

Receiving Accommodations

Disability Accommodations

Prior to a student receiving accommodations, the student’s parent or legal guardian must contact LUOA ODAS to notify them of the course(s) in which they are enrolled and, if known, the faculty member who is facilitating the course(s). This request should be submitted on the following form: Accommodation Request Form. LUOA ODAS will contact LUOA on behalf of the student to notify them of the appropriate accommodations that must be implemented.

Requests for Alternative Formats and Transcripts

Due to the processing time involved in certain accommodations, such as alternative formats for textbooks or transcripts for audio files, LUOA ODAS recommends that all requests for disability accommodations be submitted as soon as possible and, preferably, at least two months before the accommodation is necessary. This request should be submitted by completing an Alternative Textbook Form. Once completed, this form should be emailed as an attachment to luoodas@liberty.edu. LUOA ODAS will contact LUOA on behalf of the student to notify them of the appropriate accommodations.

Privacy

LUOA and LUOA ODAS respect student privacy and comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Information obtained during the disability services process will be disclosed only to the extent necessary to determine and implement accommodations or in compliance with FERPA. Documentation for the student will be kept on file for the entire period of enrollment at LUOA and/or Liberty University.