A diagnosis of a disorder/condition/syndrome in and of itself does not automatically qualify an individual for accommodations.
It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with the Office of Disability Services and to provide appropriate documentation of the disability and related functional limitations for which they are requesting accommodations. In order to meet the adult criteria of "disability" under federal law a person must provide documentation of how their significant impairment "substantially limits" one or more life activities. Information concerning a student's disability is treated in a confidential manner in accordance with University policy as well as applicable federal and state laws. Hardin-Simmons University is a member of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and follows the Association's guidelines for documentation of a disability.
The following documentation guidelines are used to verify the student's disabling condition(s):
Note: An IEP or 504 Plan from the public school system may not be sufficient documentation of a disability for accommodations at the college level. If the plan does not identify a connection between the disability and the accommodations requested, additional documentation may be requested.
Below is a partial list of local service providers who advertise as qualified professionals in the Abilene area that conduct assessments, render diagnosis of Learning Disabilities and/or Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder, and make recommendations for accommodations for students. The office of Disability Services at Hardin-Simmons University does not endorse any particular service provider. Addresses and phone numbers are subject to change.
Before selecting a qualified professional, ask what his/her credentials are, what experience he/she has had working with adults with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorders, and if he/she has ever worked with the office of Disability Services at Hardin-Simmons University. If he/she has not, you may want to forward them the documentation criteria.
After the assessment has been completed, request a written copy of the assessment report as well as make an appointment to discuss the results and recommendations with the professional. Be sure to request additional resources if needed, and always keep a personal file of all your files and records.
In order to obtain accommodations at Hardin-Simmons University, a copy of the report along with an application should be submitted to the office of Disability Services. Please allow 15 university working days for process of your application.
Sandefer Memorial 209
HSU Box 16158
Abilene, TX 79698
Phone: (325) 670-5842
Fax: (325) 670-5862
2200 Hickory, Abilene, TX, 79698
Operator: (325) 670-1000
Campus Police: (325) 670-1461