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 Abilities Office coordinator will determine appropriate accommodations/academic adjustments and services based upon the nature of the disability and your academic needs. Services for students with disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Accessible Classroom
  • Adaptive Equipment/Assistive Technology
  • Alternative Testing
  • Alternative Text Formats
  • Note Taking Assistance
  • Parking
  • Transportation
  • Reader/Scribe Services
  • Sign Language Interpreters/Captionists
  • Textbooks in Alternative Format
  • Assistance Animals
  • Service Animals
  • testing accommodations and exam proctoring for disability-related needs
  • private test location
  • equipment loan
  • photocopying
  • relationship with Dept. of Rehabilitation
  • conversion of classroom materials in an accessible format when requested
  • coordination of interpreters and real-time translation
  • priority scheduling of classes
  • assessment of disability-related needs
  • consultation with faculty members regarding academic accommodations as needed and/or requested.
  • computer lab with adapted software.
  • coordination of note-taking assistance and/or lab assistance
  • audio /digital books
  • readers and /or scribes
  • faculty notification

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 

  1. Complete the Initial Application for Services
  2. Email a copy of your student detail schedule to Abilities Office
  3. Submit your Verification of Disability Form and any relevant medical documentation (see documentation criteria)
  4. Complete the Student Responsibilities Attestation document. Sign and email to Abilities Office
  5. Abilities Office completes file review and sends student the Accommodation Agreement (please allow 2-4 business days for processing)
  6. Student returns signed Accommodation Agreement via email to Abilities Office  (or contacts Abilities Office for corrections)
  7. Accommodation Letter is emailed to the student within 1-2 business days
  8. The student discusses accommodations with each instructor.  The Abilities Office recommends that students meet with instructors during office hours or by private appointment to discuss any necessary accommodations or essential elements of the course. *The student does NOT have to disclose their diagnosis/diagnoses
  9. PLEASE NOTE:  After receiving an accommodations letter, instructors have up to 5 business days to provide the approved accommodations.  This is to allow time for any administrative planning that may need to occur.  Thus, students should request, pick up and deliver accommodation letters well in advance of class exams.
  10. These letters contain confidential material and should be handled and filed accordingly.

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.

The Abilities Office requires students to have current and relevant documentation in support of the specific 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 

  1. Complete the Accommodation Request for Returning Students
  2. Email a copy of your student detail schedule to Abilities Office
  3. Complete the Student Responsibilities Attestation document. Sign and email to Abilities Office
  4. Abilities Office completes file review and sends student the Accommodation Agreement (please allow 2-4 business days for processing)
  5. Student returns signed Accommodation Agreement via email to Abilities Office  (or contacts Abilities Office for corrections)
  6. Accommodation Letter is emailed to student within 1-2 business days
  7. Student emails Accommodation Letter to professors (following instructions found in email or on website
No equipment will be loaned out if a student's file is not complete.(Application on file, medical documentation and current class schedule.) The appropriate form must be completed in order to receive equipment.

The Abilities Office coordinates note-taking assistance for qualified students.  Currently, note takers are fellow students who are in the same class.