Office of Disability Services
The Office of Disability Services facilitates the process of academic accommodations for students with disabilities, and works in collaboration with the professional schools of the Health Sciences Center in an attempt to ensure full participation in all activities, programs, and services of the institution.
The office operates in accordance with the ADA, ADAA, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
- Self-disclose to the Office of Disability Services
- Submit appropriate documentation from a licensed professional evaluator or medical professional. Documentation must include the following:
- Specific diagnosis
- Detailed testing results
- Current functional limitations
- Evidence of any past accommodations or medications
- Recommendations for academic accommodations
- Credentials of the professional
- Set up an intake meeting with the Office of Disability Services to discuss appropriate and reasonable accommodations
- Accommodations are not official unless they have been created through the Office of Disability Services
- Accommodations are not retroactive; they are active once a plan has been created through this office and disclosed to faculty
- Documentation and diagnosis information will remain completely confidential
- The Office of Disability Services reserves the right to request more documentation if documentation submitted is deemed dated or insufficient; documentation needs to be current within the last three (3) years
Note on Technical Standards
Some programs require students to meet certain technical standards encompassing the following skills:observation; communication; motor function and coordination; intellectual abilities:conceptual, integrative, and quantitative; and behavioral and social attributes. Students are expected to be able to perform these skills with or without reasonable accommodations. An otherwise qualified student may not be excluded soley because of a disability if a reasonable modification or accommodation can be made by the institution. Reasonable accommodations must not fundamentally alter a program,service, or activity or create an undue burden on the institution.
Michael Levitzky, Ph.D
Leigh Smith-Vaniz, M.A.
433 Bolivar Street, 8th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70112-2224