Disability Services

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) provides intake services, assessment of needs, and facilitation of auxiliary aids and services for students with disabilities attending LSUA. SSD also serves as a liaison between students and instructors. 

Any student with a learning, physical, psychological or other disability which significantly impacts his/her academic pursuits may be eligible to receive services from SSD. SSD assists students in the determination and facilitation of auxiliary aids and services on an individual basis. The purpose of academic accommodations is to put the person with a disability on a level playing field with other students who do not have a disability.

A copy of the Services for Students with Disabilities Handbook is linked here: Services for Students with Disabilities Handbook--August 2016

The university Policy for Persons with Disabilities (PS 230) is available on the University's Policy Statements webpage.

Assistance is also available to students who experience a temporary disability or who have other functional limitations resulting from chronic or intermittent health problems such as arthritis, diabetes, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis. All disabilities must be documented by an appropriate agency or professional. Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) are not appropriate documentation. An evaluation is needed, and must be current (within the last 3 years).

All students who apply for disability services are invited to apply for voter registration in the State of Louisiana.  If you are unable to meet the ADA Coordinator in person, you can download the Voter Registration Application from this link:

http://www.longdistancevoter.org/register-to-vote?gclid=CIaur9DP-cgCFdcYgQodr0oJqg#.Vjt48SvMKvw

Services

Specialized support services include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Disability management counseling
  • Books on tape
  • Referral for tutoring
  • Assistance with enrollment and registration
  • Liaison assistance and referral to on-campus and off-campus resources, services and agencies
  • Facilitation of access to all campus programs
  • Advocacy on behalf of students with faculty, staff and students

SSD has a strong commitment to assist students with improving individual choices, personal control of essential resources, and integration into the university community. If you need special assistance (or know another student who needs special assistance), please come by and visit, or telephone the ADA Coordinator. The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities is housed within Student Affairs. See contact information below.

Eligibility for Services

A person may be eligible for accommodations if he or she:

  • Is considered a person with disability
  • Identifies his/herself to the institution through SSD, and
  • Presents the appropriate documentation regarding the disability to the institution as required by SSD, and needs accommodation(s)

If you need assistance, have questions, or concerns, Please contact:

SSD Coordinator Office of Services for Students with Disabilities
8100 Hwy 71 South
Alexandria, LA 71302
Phone: 318.473.6545
Fax: 318.473.6580
Email: studentservices@lsua.edu
Office Hours: Monday — Friday (8:00 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.)

Location: Student Center West Wing, Room 206 (above LSUA Bookstore)  

Confidentiality

The University will request information about an individual’s disability as is necessary for those University representatives making a accommodation decision to determine whether the student is in fact disabled and the need for and the manner in which the disability may reasonably be accommodated.

Disability-related documentation is defined as any documentation provided to substantiate the student’s disability status and need for accommodation(s) (e.g., psychological, psycho educational, neuropsychological, or medical evaluations; letters or other information from physicians; or medical records). Disability-related documentation is treated as medical documentation, is kept confidential, and is not to be released to anyone outside the accommodation process or the direct chain of command with the following exceptions:

  • the student gives SSD a signed release to share disability-related information with the person(s) named on the release;
  • as SSD is required and/or permitted by the law and/or court order;
  • the student is a direct threat to themselves or others;
  • if a student makes a disability-related grievance or appeal, or university attorneys for the purpose of providing legal advice to the university.

Students with disabilities have a right to review their file, which can be arranged by scheduling an appointment with the ADA Coordinator. SSD will retain a copy of all information within a student's file for five (5) years. After the student has been inactive, the file may not necessarily be maintained. When a student with a disability requests accommodations, he or she understands that some disability-related information may be provided on a need-to-know basis to University personnel to help ensure that the student will receive appropriate accommodations. In most instances, University personnel need to know only what accommodations the student must be provided and that the student has been through the disability documentation review process at LSUA. Otherwise, University personnel do not have access to information regarding a student’s disability.