SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
The Disability Services Office works closely with eligible students to arrange for reasonable academic accommodations and auxiliary aids, which will afford each student the opportunity to participate fully in Wiley College’s services, programs, and activities. Staff members assist students with arranging access to classrooms, developing learning strategies, and advisement with disabilities issues.
Documentation should be:
- Recent, in order to assess the current impact on academic functioning. In most cases, this means testing should have been conducted within the past three years.
- Comprehensive, containing a diagnostic statement identifying the disability and establishing clear evidence of a significant impact on academic function.
- Relevant to requested accommodations.
- Prepared by a medical or other licensed and credentialed professional whose background should be matched with the disabling condition?
Because the provision of all reasonable accommodations and special services is based upon an assessment of the current impact of the student’s disabilities on academic performance, it is in the student’s best interest to provide recent and appropriate documentation.
Wiley College accepts students who are able to engage in college-level studies and who also meet the admission criteria. Wiley College provides students with disabilities reasonable accommodations to give these individuals equal access to academic programs and the university experience. It is the student's prerogative to reveal the disability during the admission process; however, the knowledge of this disability will have no bearing on the admission decision. Extended-time SAT and ACT tests will be accepted for students with a documented disability that would make testing in this manner a necessity.
Wiley College has no specific academic programs for students with disabilities. The appropriate academic support, deemed reasonable and necessary by law, will be provided to the students with documented disabilities that have been accepted according to the school’s admission criteria. All students must understand that academic standards at Wiley College are rigorous. Wiley College will not lower academic program requirements or make any modifications that would alter the nature of the educational program.
PROFESSIONALS WHO OFFER SOME FORMS OF TESTING:
- Dr. Charles Fries – Tyler, Texas 903-526-5550
- Dr. Craig Moore, PhD – Longview, Texas 903-759-1145
- Dr. Barbara Modisette – Longview, Texas 903-738-4377
- SMU School of Education and Human Development – Plano, Texas 214-768-7323
WEBSITES THAT MAY BE HELPFUL:
- Learning Disabilities Association of Texas – www.ldat.org
Information about learning disabilities, resources and more.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – www.nami.org
Information about mental health issues, links to support groups and training resources.
- National Mental Health Information Center – www.mentalhealth.gov
Information on a wide range of mental health topics, suicide prevention information and mental health related links.
- Texas Health and Human Services Commission – www.hhsc.state.tx.us
Oversight of designated agencies, such as the Division of Rehabilitative Services (DARS) and the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). Site also contains information about Texas Medicaid program.
- Social Security Online – www.ssa.gov
Federal website for obtaining information about and applying for Social Security benefits, including disability and Medicare.
Legal requirements for disability services and accommodations vary widely between the high school and college levels. The chart below will help you understand some of the differences between high school and college services for students with disabilities.