Disability related services and accommodations are for students who self-identify and who have gone through the process to become open with the Office of Disability Services for Students (ODSS).
Academic Advisement– Disability Services faculty will provide academic advisement to students as it relates
to issues of disability. Disability Services faculty do not take the place of a students'
assigned academic advisor within his/her academic discipline. (also see Priority Registration).
Accommodation Letters – In a meeting with the student with a disability, the Director of the Office for Disability Services for Students (ODSS) will work with the student to develop an accommodation letter. This letter is sent to faculty members via email. The student is required to meet with the faculty during office hours to discuss the academic accommodation needs addressed in the letter. The letter informs faculty members of appropriate and reasonable accommodations that must be made upon request. This letter is also used as a method of implementing the collaboration between the ODSS and faculty. It is up to the individual student whether they would like to disclose the exact nature of their disability to their professor when they discuss their accommodations.
Advocacy – Faculty of Disability Services will act as an advocate for students with disabilities when appropriate.
Audio/Electronic Books - Students with print related disabilities are encouraged to obtain this reasonable
accommodation early. The ODSS has memberships in several audio/electronic book services
and currently has the Kurzweil 3000 text-to-speech reader program. Students are encouraged
to first seek their own audio/electronic books and can also apply for membership to
Learning Ally (formerly RFB&D). If students cannot find their books, the ODSS can
assist in this process. Proof of purchase must be shown prior to the student receiving
their books from the ODSS.
Career Counseling Assistance – The ODSS supplements the services offered by the Career Services Office whenever disability issues are involved. In addition, the ODSS will advise on graduate school programs with appropriate services.
Counseling - Disability Services counseling is offered to students open with the ODSS. This may include: time management, organization skills, study skills, test taking, etc...(this is not an exhaustive list). Mental Health counseling services and psychological services are available through the University Counseling Center and outside the university.
Course Substitution or Waiver Assistance - The University will not compromise University standards in lieu of your disability. Because of this, course substitutions and waivers are rare. Permission for course substitution or waiver must be granted by the Dean of the appropriate College. Disability Services will provide verification of the disability and the functional limitation causing the request for waiver or substitution.
Disability Information and Evaluation Referral – The ODSS can provide you with information on agencies that can assist you with disability concerns beyond the scope of the ODSS. Among the information that can be provided is information about disability evaluation resources. The ODSS will often make referrals to off-campus facilities or agencies for assessment and/or evaluation. The cost of assessment and evaluation is the responsibility of the student.
Financial Aid Counseling - The ODSS works closely with the Financial Aid office and staff to identify potential financial aid resources for students. The ODSS does not provide direct financial assistance.
Housing - The Residence Life/Student Affairs division of the University will make accessible rooms available upon request. The request for reasonable accommodation in the residence halls should be made through the ODSS.
Interpreter Services - The ODSS has a list of local certified interpreters and will make the appropriate contacts as the need for interpreter services arise. Students must allow adequate time to coordinate the arrangement of these services.
Mathematics Center - The Mathematics center is located in Robinson 414. Students can take a math placement test in the center and receive extended time if open with the ODSS. Additionally, students may receive advisement based upon the test scores regarding the appropriate course or level of course that should be taken. In addition, the Mathematics center provides the opportunity for students to get direct tutoring assistance with mathematics problems. Practice tests, video tapes of math lectures, and computer programs are among the resources available at the center.
Note Taking Services - If your disability interferes with your ability to take notes in the classroom, you can use several note taking options. The first system involves using a volunteer from your class. The volunteer's notes can be photocopied at the ODSS at no charge. The second method involves a hired note-taker who is identified in your class to take notes; this exchange is anonymous. A third note taking option is to record lectures. Recording lectures is for personal use only, requires erasure of the recording after class related use, and adherence to applicable copyright laws.
All methods are effective and you can ask the Director of the ODSS to assist in identifying an appropriate note-taking accommodation.
Orientation - At your request, Disability Services will provide a specialized orientation that addresses your disability related needs. This orientation will focus on disability access and services to students with disabilities.
Peer Mentorship/Assistance - Students with an interest in peer advisement may be assigned a peer mentor. This program is designed to provide peer support in study skills, answer campus activity and organization questions, and assist with orientation to campus services and general issues of adjustment to college life.
Physical Accessibility Accommodations - Programs and activities must be accessible to individuals with disabilities. The ODSS makes certain that programmatic accessibility is in place. LHU activities that are inaccessible to persons with disabilities will be relocated to an accessible location or the facility in which the activity is located will be made accessible. The ODSS must be made aware of these accessibility needs in order to make changes to the activities or programs.
Priority Registration - Priority registration allows some students with disabilities the first option of enrollment in Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania courses for Fall and Spring Sessions. Priority registration occurs only during preregistration and does not impact upon summer sessions, late registration or drop/add procedures. Please note that priority registration is a reasonable accommodation and is only available to those students who have a disability-based need for the service. Reasons for approving priority registration are individualized. For example, students requiring extended time on tests will register for classes allowing enough time between classes to receive the extended time. Priority registration allows students to plan accommodations in an appropriate and timely fashion. Your cooperation in following procedures for priority registration is essential.
Readers - Student readers are available, upon request, to assist with academic and test-related reading needs.
Referral to On and Off Campus Resources - Referrals to any human service agency or service can be made through Disability Services for students with disabilities.
Scribe Services - If you have a disability which severely impacts your writing or typing skills, the ODSS can provide someone who can write or type for you. This individual will transcribe exactly what you say without editing. During your time as a student at LHU, the ODSS will work with you to explore adaptive equipment possibilities. For out-of-class work you may choose to hire an independent scribe or typist. The ODSS will assist by showing you how to secure such services.
Study Skills Training - The Academic Development and Counseling Department of Lock Haven University currently offer a course that teaches study skills. Learning Strategies for College, ADAC 100, is a one credit course designed to develop the learning styles, attitudes, and behavior of students with special academic needs. The students will be instructed in listening skills, note taking, textbook reading, preparation for tests, use of time, solving problems, organizing study, critical and creative thinking for studying, and methods for converting short-term memory to long-term memory. Additional study skills training is offered on a regular basis by members of the Academic Development and Counseling Department including the Director of the ODSS.
Testing Accommodations - The ODSS will provide a distraction-reduced environment and extended time for students who are eligible. Eligibility for testing accommodations, like all other accommodations, is based on the student's functional limitations described in their documentation of their disability. Students must give five (5) working days notice in order for the ODSS to arrange an examination.
Tutoring Service - Tutoring for general education services is available to all students through the University Tutorial Center. Students must obtain and complete an application for the service. Applications are available from the secretary of the Department of Academic Development and Counseling.
Vocational/Visual Services - The ODSS can refer students with disabilities to the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (Pennsylvania-OVR) or Blindness and Visual Services (Pennsylvania-BVS). Both agencies provide a wide range of disability related services including diagnostic work, career/vocational assistance, evaluation of need for assistive devices and adaptive equipment and other services.
Writing Center - The Writing Center is located in Raub 409. The writing center can assist in developing, planning, organizing, revising and editing any writing assignment. Tutors will assist in the review of basic English skills- usage, mechanics, punctuation, etc. Word processing assistance is also available at the writing center. The Writing Center is open approximately 40 hours per week.