Academic & Learning Services  
   

Disability Services

 
Aquinas College, an inclusive educational community rooted in the Catholic and Dominican traditions, provides a liberal arts education with a global perspective, emphasizes career preparation focused on leadership and services to others, and fosters a commitment to lifelong learning dedicated to the pursuit of truth and the common good.” (Academic Catalog) In this vein, the Disability Services Office works to assist students with disabilities and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA); its Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA); and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
 
Mission

In concert with the Aquinas College mission; the Disability Services staff works to ensure equal access to all programs and services for students with disabilities. We promote self-advocacy in students as they pursue their goals.

 
Vision
Through a collaborative effort of the Aquinas College campus community, the vision of the Disability Services is to promote an inclusive and equitable environment for all students.
 
Core Values
  • Self-advocacy
  • Self-determination
  • Collaboration
 
Accommodations Process
 
Request

Students interested in receiving accommodations must self-identify and register with the Disability Services Office. Students must schedule an appointment for an intake interview with the Disability Services Coordinator, submit appropriate documentation, and complete a request form.


Disability documentation includes students’ self-report, observation and interaction, and information from third party sources. Generally, evaluations from third party sources include the following criteria (when appropriate):


1. Credentials of the diagnosing professional on professional letterhead.

2. Diagnostic statement identifying the disability, date of the most current diagnostic evaluation, and the date of the original diagnosis.

3. Description of diagnostic tests, methods, and criteria used including specific test results and narrative interpretation.

4. Description of the current functional impact of the disability. Describe the functional limitation it causes.

5. Treatments, medications, or assistive services currently prescribed and a description of mediating and possible side effects.

6. Description of progression or stability of the impact of the disability over time.

7. History of previous accommodations and their impact.

8. Recommendations for accommodations, adaptive devices, assistive services

 

It is important to note that the accommodations process and determination may be different at other institutions and testing agencies.

 
Determination

Accommodation decisions are made case by case based upon the functional limitations of the disability on a major life activity. Accommodations are established to provide equal access. Accommodations cannot be approved if they cause a fundamental alteration to a course, program, or activity; cause an undue burden; or pose a threat to students or others. Accommodations are not retroactive.
Upon determination of reasonable and appropriate accommodations, students receive a Letter of Accommodations detailing approved accommodations.

 
Implementation
Students must give the Letter of Accommodations to their professors. Students should give the letter to the professors at the beginning of the semester and encouraged to meet with their professors to discuss the accommodations with them. Students must do this each semester.
 
Appeals

If a student would like to appeal an accommodations request or file a grievance, he/she may contact Ms. Nanette Clatterbuck, M.Ed Room 260 Academic Building or at (616) 632-2973.

 
For more information, contact Kimberly Arsenault at (616) 632-2177 or kimberly.arsenault@aquinas.edu