Disability Services

at Saint Francis University

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    Contact information

    For event assistance please make an
    Accessibility Accommodation Request
    or contact:
    Disability Services
    Saint Francis University
    P. O. Box 600
    Loretto, PA 15940
    814-472-3176
    Fax: 814-472-2819

    Accessibility Co-ordinator: April Fry afry@francis.edu

    If a student believes he or she requires a reasonable accommodation or has a question regarding educational services, activities, programs, or facilities that are accessible to or usable by students with disabilities, please contact the director in the Academic Center for Enrichment who serves as the contact person and advocate for students with disabilities. Individuals are encouraged to begin the process of arranging for accommodation services upon acceptance to the university.

    The Academic Center for Enrichment assists eligible students in receiving basic services as determined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Every effort is made to arrange appropriate accommodations based on a student’s disability.

    The Academic Center for Enrichment works with individual faculty members, academic departments, and other University offices to assure that the classes, programs, and services are accessible to the students. The services provided by these offices are meant to help students devise strategies for meeting college demands and to foster independence, responsibility and self-advocacy.

    Disability Assessment Report

    In order to receive disability services, students must submit documentation of the disability to the Academic Center for Enrichment. The submitted assessment report:

    • Must be completed by a qualified professional such as a medical doctor or licensed psychologist.
    • Must contain the evaluator's name, title and assessment date.
    • Must identify the disability, describe the limits it imposes, and include recommended accommodations.

    Once the documentation is received and evaluated, a staff member from the Academic Center for Enrichment will schedule an intake meeting. It is at this time the appropriate accommodations are determined.

    Basic services provided include:

    • Assistance with the process of Instructor notification
    • Assistance with note taking in the classroom
    • Accommodations for taking exams, such as readers, scribes, extended time, alternate locations
    • Referrals for taped texts
    • Requests for adaptive classroom equipment
    • Assistance in accessing University programs and services

    Students who receive accommodations are responsible for:

    • Communicating their accommodation needs to each individual faculty member
    • Contacting the Academic Center if the accommodation is not appropriate
    • Submitting paperwork in a timely manner
    • Assist in identifying appropriate and effective auxiliary aids.
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