Services

Hands Shaking Neon Sign ImageA student must self-identify with the Abilities Office.  All services require advance notice and are not retroactive. Services and accommodations do not include the following: personal attendants, individually prescribed devices, or readers/typists for personal use or study time. 

It is the student’s responsibility to identify himself/herself to The Abilities Office and to provide acceptable documentation of one or more disabilities. Strict documentation guidelines exist for different types of disabilities and require a current diagnosis, prognosis, and explanation of how the disability may impact the student’s academic performance.

*Date of most recent documentation of a disability may be a factor in determining its relevance in decisions about accommodations. It is in the individual’s best interest to provide the Abilities Office with documentation updates as they become available; additionally, individuals should update their documentation at least every three years, especially if they plan to request accommodations in other situations (i.e., graduate programs, licensure exams, employment). 

 

The Assistant Director of the Abilities Office coordinator will determine appropriate accommodations/academic adjustments and services through an iterative process based upon the nature of the disability and the student's academic needs. Services for students of the Abilities Office include, but are not limited to:

  • Initial intake interview and orientation to the Abilities Office
  • Consultation and Advising--confidential consultations and advisement are available for faculty, staff, students and other University affiliates
  • Accessible Classroom
  • Adaptive/Assistive Technology (Software)
  • Alternative Testing
  • Alternative Text Formats
  • Note Taking Assistance
  • Coordination with Parking Services
  • Coordination with Transportation Services
  • Coordination with Learning Assistance Center
  • Reader/Scribe Services
  • Sign Language Interpreters/Captionists
  • Textbooks in Alternative Format
  • Registration of Assistance Animals
  • Registration of Service Animals
  • Equipment Loans
  • Computer Lab with Adaptive Software

The Abilities Office communicates a student’s approved accommodations via letters that are requested and delivered by the student to their instructors.  The letters include all of the classroom accommodations that are approved for an individual student. The Abilities Office requires students to submit documentation in support of the accommodation requests.

Documentation serves two primary purposes:

  • It establishes that the individual is entitled to legal protections under the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • It helps to determine what, if any, course design/environmental adaptations are necessary for the individual’s equitable access to academic endeavors at Chicago State University

Documentation must meet the Chicago State University documentation criteria 

Due to COVID-19, the Abilities Office is handling most interactions virtually with documentation and communications completed via email, phone, and video-conference.  If you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with someone in the Abilities Office please call 773-995-2380 

Step by Step

  1. Use the link on the Abilities webpage to complete the Accommodations Request form
    • Once you have completed the form, be sure to check the acknowledgment box and select "submit request".
  2. The student emails a copy of your student detail schedule to Abilities Office
  3. Submit your Verification of Disability Form and any relevant medical documentation (see documentation guidelines) to the Abilities Office via email or by scheduling an on-campus appointment.
  4. Once steps 1-3 are completed, the Assistant Director of Abilities will schedule and complete an intake interview with the student.
  5. After the intake interview, the student signs the Student Responsibilities Attestation document and emails it to the Abilities Office
  6. The Abilities Office completes file review and sends the student the Accommodation Agreement (please allow 2-4 business days for processing).  **The Accommodation Agreement IS NOT the Accommodation Letter and DOES NOT go to the professor.
  7. If the student agrees with the accommodations outlined in the agreement, the student returns signed Accommodation Agreement via email to Abilities Office  (or contacts Abilities Office for corrections)
  8. The official Accommodation Letter is emailed to the Student within 1-2 business days
  9. The Student emails Accommodation Letter to professors (following instructions found in email or on website)
  1. Use the link on the Abilities webpage to complete the Accommodations Request form
    • Once you have completed the form, be sure to check the acknowledgment box and select "submit request".
  2. The student emails a copy of your student detail schedule to Abilities Office
  3. The student reads, initials and signs the Student Responsibilities Attestation document and emails it to the Abilities Office
  4. The Abilities Office completes file review and sends the student the Accommodation Agreement (please allow 2-4 business days for processing).  **The Accommodation Agreement IS NOT the Accommodation Letter and DOES NOT go to the professor.
  5. If the student agrees with the accommodations outlined in the agreement, the student returns signed Accommodation Agreement via email to Abilities Office  (or contacts Abilities Office for corrections)
  6. The official Accommodation Letter is emailed to the Student within 1-2 business days
  7. The Student emails Accommodation Letter to professors (following instructions found in email or on website)