Alternative Text Request Form
Students who need books in an alternate format must submit an Alternative Text Request Form. Requests should be made as soon as the student is registered for a class and knows the required textbook(s). Books can take anywhere from two weeks to two months to become available in an alternate format. Prior to receiving the alternate version of a book, students must submit a copy of a receipt showing proof that they purchased the textbook themselves.
Comparison of ADA, IDEA, and Section 504
The Americans with Disability Act (ADA), Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act all impact the education of individuals with disabilities; however, they have slightly different purposes. Students are encouraged to review the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund’s webpage entitled “Comparison of ADA, IDEA, and Section 504.”
Disability Disclosure Form
Any qualified individual wishing to receive services from Upper Iowa University’s Disability Services must self-disclose his or her disability to the Director of Disability Services. Once the Director receives the Disability Disclosure Form both the student and she will meet to arrange reasonable accommodations for the upcoming term.
Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has a very helpful pamphlet that outlines the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities. All students are encouraged to read the document, as there are some fairly significant changes that occur when students transition from high school to college.
How is College Different from High School?
Students who want additional information about the changes that occur for students with disabilities once they enroll in college are encouraged to explore Southern Methodist University’s chart entitled “How is College Different from High School?”
Individuals who have a short term condition, such as an injury or medical condition, that substantially limits their ability to perform one or more major life activities may be eligible for temporary accommodations. To request temporary accommodations, please complete this form.
Test Accommodation Form
Students who are eligible to take tests in a quiet location and/or have tests read aloud must complete a Test Accommodation Form within 48 hours of the scheduled exam. Students should provide a copy of the form to their instructor, who will then submit the completed form to the Director of Disability Services. Students are encouraged to turn in Test Accommodation Forms as early in the term as possible, especially for midterm and final exams, as there is limited space for administering exams.
Free Web Based Assistive Technology Tools
Click here for more information.
For those students who wish to receive accommodations but do not have proper documentation, there local area agencies that conduct evaluations/assessments (students are responsible for all costs associated with being evaluated). Click here for a list of several providers who offer testing. This list is not comprehensive but it does include agencies near all of the UIU locations throughout the United States. In addition to those on the list, there are a number of other individuals who may be qualified to provide evaluations. Although UIU Disability Services attempts to pass along current information, agencies may change their services and costs. It is important to inquire about costs and services when making contact with an agency (this information was last updated June 2013).