NKU Disability Programs and Services employs an interactive process with each student who chooses to register with our office. Students can register with varying disabilities, such as: physical, hearing, psychiatric and visual impairment, learning disability, ADHD, TBI, epilepsy, Autism, etc. We work collaboratively with each student on a case-by-case basis in order to determine eligibility and provide reasonable accommodations. Relying on the Association for Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD) Best Practices, our office reviews student requests for eligibility and accommodations through a three-fold process:
- Student Self Report- In determining eligibility, the student is the most important source of information to gain an understanding of how one's impairment limits academic performance. A student's explanation of his/her disability is an important tool in the accessibility process and may sometimes, but not always, be sufficient for registration with the Disability Services office.
- Observation and Interaction- The interview process allows our disability professionals to validate student self-reports as we observe their language, performance and strategies during the intake session.
- Information from Third Parties- Documentation from external sources may consist of educational and/or medical records as well as assessments and reports from health care professionals, school psychologists, and other educational providers. The relevance and value of this documentation will be based on the credentials of the provider, level of detail in the report, the context in which it was written, and comprehensiveness of the narrative. For further instructions on documentation requirements, the following documents can be used to help guide you through the process:
Documentation Guidelines - Medical/Health Condition
Documentation Guidelines - Psychiatric Impairment
Documentation Guidelines - Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Documentation Guidelines - Learning Disability
Documentation Guidelines - Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Documentation Guidelines - Blind/Visually Impaired
Note: Documentation of a disability should be provided by an appropriate licensed professional and preferrably current (typically within the last 3-5 years). The Kentucky Association on Higher Education and Disability (KY AHEAD) has published information regarding approved assessment instruments.
Our disability professionals typically ask that if you have documentation you submit it as a first step so that we can be more equipped for our interview with you. Once we receive that documentation, The Office of Disability Programs and Services will contact you for an accommodation review and orientation. If you do not have documentation, please come in and meet with a Disability Programs and Services staff member so we can have an interactive conversation together.
Planning for reasonable accommodations is an important step for a smooth transition to college. Reasonable accommodations are provided at no expense to the student and are based upon the individual student’s need and provided documentation. Reasonable accommodations will be discussed with a Disability Programs and Services professional staff member.