Lakeland University is committed to providing resources and services for students with disabilities. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), assistance is available for students who qualify. Students who require disability-related accommodations should contact the Director of the Academic Resource Center, Tony Prestby, for further assistance. Tony Prestby can be contacted by phone at (920) 565-1021 ext. 2115 or by email at .
- Required Documentation
- Application Procedures
- Documentation Policy
- Lakeland University Accommodations Review Committee
To help us best meet your specific needs, please complete and return this application to Tony Prestby, the Director of the Academic Resource center, by email at . After the application has been reviewed, you will be contacted about the status of your application. You can download the application forms below.
All applications must be accompanied by the required documentation.
A DSM-IV-TR Diagnosis of ADD/ADHD or LD must be made by:
- A Ph.D. level Clinical or Counseling Psychologist; or
- A Medical Doctor
An Educational Diagnosis of ADD/ADHD or LD must be made by:
- A Ph.D. level Clinical or Counseling Psychologist; or
- A state-licensed and certified School Psychologist
To be eligible to receive services, the student must submit a request accompanied by the appropriate documentation of the student's disability. In cases involving a learning disability, this will require:
- A psychological assessment by a licensed and accredited educational psychologist or psychiatrist, and
- An education performance assessment, and
- An evaluation pertaining to the specific type of learning disability involved.
All evaluators contributing assessment information must be licensed/accredited in the area they are assessing or evaluating. The documentation of a learning disability must include:
- A clear statement of the DSM-IV-TR diagnosis of the disability or impairment
- A summary of procedures and instruments used to make the diagnosis
- A summary of the evaluation results, including standardized scores (e.g.: WAIS-III, Stanford-Binet)
- Past and present symptoms that meet criteria for diagnosis
- Medical history relating to current use of medications on the student's ability to meet the demands of the academic program
- A statement of the impact and limitations on the student's academic performance caused by the disability
- Recommendations for accommodations.
The diagnosis must be current (within the last three years) unless the Accommodations Review Committee extends that time period.
To be eligible to receive services, the student must submit requests accompanied by appropriate documentation of the student's disability. The student must have his/her Medical Doctor or his/her Clinical or Counseling Psychologist complete the Verification of Disability Form or use it as a basis for writing a narrative summary.
Students with disabilities who require disability-related accommodations must make their requests in writing. For this purpose, an application can be obtained from either Tony Prestby, or downloaded from this website. Applications must returned to Tony Prestby's office or emailed to him at .
All requests should be made in a timely fashion to allow Lakeland University time to review the requests and provide the approved accommodations. Generally, requests should be made a minimum of two weeks in advance of the accommodations needed. If the requests involve outside resources (e.g., special equipment, textbook taping, etc.), more notice may be necessary before the accommodations can be provided. After the application has been reviewed, you will be contacted about the status of your application
Tony Prestby, the Director of the Academic Resource Center, is available to advise students on possible accommodations appropriate for their individual circumstances.
Once the documentation has been received or is on file supporting the student's written request for ADA accommodations, the Director of the Academic Resource Center will review the request and forward it to the Lakeland University Accommodations Review committee(LCARC). The Director of the Academic Resource Center, who will summarize the basis for the request and make and present a recommendation concerning the request to the LCARC. The LCARC will have access to all of the documentation pertaining to the student's request for accommodations.
ADA accommodations will be individually determined, and may include, but are not limited to:
- A reduced course load
- Alternative exam formats
- A quiet environment for test taking
- Note taking services
- Textbooks on audiotape
Accommodations determined by the LCARC will be continuous for the student, unless a new review is recommended by the coordinator of Disability Services. All additional requests for additional accommodations or for modifications of existing accommodations must be approved by the LCARC.
Students who are denied accommodations due to a lack of sufficient documentation of their disabilities may resubmit their requests when they have additional documentation. Those who have scheduled assessments or medical examinations in order to obtain more relevant documentation may request temporary approval of accommodations pending the timely receipt of assessment information by the LCARC.
Appeals of the LCARC's decisions must be in writing and contain all relevant documentation. Appeals must be submitted to the Director of the Academic Resource Center within 14 calendar days of the student's receipt of the LCARC's decision. The Director of the Academic Resource Center will forward the student's appeal to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (or designee), who will make the final decision on the appeal. The student will be notified of the appeal decision within 14 calendar days
Lakeland University Policy on the Provision of Accommodations for Students with Documented Disabilities:
Lakeland University will provide, upon receipt and review of appropriate documentation from competent and licensed professionals, reasonable and effective accommodations to students with disabilities in an effort to equalize the students' abilities at the post secondary level, in a manner consistent with federal and state regulations.
The role of Lakeland University in this process is limited to reviewing documentation prepared by outside medical doctors, licensed clinical or counseling psychologists, and licensed school psychologists. Lakeland University will not diagnose, certify, define, or otherwise determine that a particular student does or does not have a disability of any type. Lakeland University, will, however, assist any student who feels that he or she may have a disability with finding an appropriate, licensed professional who can provide diagnostic and therapeutic services.
The Lakeland University Accommodations Review Committee will be comprised of the following individuals:
- A member of the Education Division faculty qualified to teach courses related to special educational methods
- The Dean of Students
- The Registrar
- An additional faculty member appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs
- A representative of Lakeland University On-Line
- A representative of the Lakeland University Adult Education Program
- The Director of the Academic Resource Center (ex officio)
Appointed LCARC members will serve an initial two-year appointment, and they may be reappointed.