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abilities

The Abilities Office of Student Services advances the institutional mission of Chicago State University by delivering quality services, trainings, and resources. 

The Abilities Office is dedicated to ensuring access to education through reasonable and appropriate accommodations for all students with disabilities as mandated by the American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Chicago State University is committed to providing students with a disability an equal opportunity to access the benefits, rights and privileges of University services, programs and activities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II), as amended.

Qualified students with disabilities, who seek reasonable accommodations and support services, including use of auxiliary aids or programmatic modifications or adjustments, must register with the Abilities Office. The registration process will require documentation of the disability. Contact the Abilities Office Coordinator for additional guidelines. The Abilities Office is located in the Counseling Center in the Cordell Reed Student Union Building, Room 190, telephone (Voice) 773-995-2380, (TTY) 773-995-3761.

Note: Petitions filed by students based on circumstances that could constitute a request for an academic adjustment or modification based upon a disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 will be referred to and processed by the Abilities Office.  

Accommodations

The purpose of academic accommodations is to assure that there is equal access to and the opportunity to benefit from all educational programs of Chicago State University. Chicago State acts in accordance with two relevant laws: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Here are some important things to know about academic accommodations:

  • accommodations provide students with disabilities with equal access to course instruction, course materials, and academic evaluation
  • accommodations “level the playing field” and minimize the impact of the student’s disability on their academic performance
  • accommodations do not guarantee success and do not provide an unfair advantage
  • accommodations must be reasonable and cannot alter the essential requirements of the course
  • accommodations are individualized and determined through an iterative process

If you ever have a question about how an accommodation applies in a class, please contact the Abilities Office  at 773-995-2380

The American Psychological Association has created a disABILITY Resource Toolkit that addresses questions and concerns about providing reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities. See their section on Explaining Reasonable Accommodations for more information. 

Confidentiality

The Abilities Office exercises confidentiality with student records as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.  Any protected health information and documentation provided by a student to the Abilities Office is confidential. The faculty, staff, and parents will not have access to these materials unless a student specifically requests, in writing, that an individual be allowed to view these documents or share in this information.