Ferrum College offers specific academic accessibility services at no additional cost
for students with documented disabilities. Services offered are in compliance with
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. While
these services are readily available, the student must assume the responsibility for
requesting assistance and accepting offered options. Those students who are most successful
are those who are highly motivated and those who are willing to implement self-advocacy
Students Requesting Services Must:
- Meet with the director in the Office Of Academic Accessibility
- Submit documentation from a qualifying professional. Academic accommodations granted
will be determined based on submitted and qualifying documentation.
Director: Nancy S. Beach
Lower Stanley Library, Office 110
Phone: (540) 365-4262
Fax: (540) 365-4271
Office Manager: Alexia Falkner
Academic Support Services
Lower Stanley Library, Office 109A
Phone: (540) 365-4529
Fax: (540) 365-4271
Guidelines for Documentation of Disability
Documentation of disability should consist of an evaluation by an appropriate professional.
Included should be a clear statement of the diagnosis, the basis for the diagnosis,
and the current impact of the disability as it relates to the accommodation request.
As appropriate to the disability, the documentation should include the following elements:
- A diagnostic statement identifying the disability, date of the most current diagnostic
evaluation, and the date of the original diagnosis.
- A description of the diagnostic tests, methods, and/or criteria used including specific
test results (including standardized testing scores) and the examiner's narrative
- A description of the current functional impact of the disability. This may be in
the form of an examiner's narrative, and/or an interview, but must have a rational
relationship to diagnostic assessments. For learning disabilities, current documentation
is defined using adult norms.
- A statement indicating treatments, medications, or assistive devices/services currently
prescribed or in use, with a description of the mediating effects and potential side
effects from such treatments.
- A description of the expected progression or stability of the impact of the disability
over time, particularly the next five years.
- A history of previous accommodations and their impact.
- The credentials of the diagnosing professional(s), if not clear from the letterhead
or other forms. Please note the diagnosing professionals shall not be family members
or others with a close personal relationship with the individual being evaluated.
Documentation prepared for specific non-educational venues (i.e. Social Security
Administration, or Department of Veteran’s Affairs, etc.) may not meet these criteria.
IEP or 504 plans will not be considered sufficient documentation unless accompanied
by a current and complete evaluation.
Ferrum College Office of Accessibility Services Handbook of Policies and Procedures
Click here for Disability Services Presentation (11-08-2013)