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Student Disability Services Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

I think I may have a learning disability. Does your office test students for learning disabilities? Is there a charge?

Student Disability Services (SDS) does not do testing for learning or other types of disabilities, but can make referrals for students making this request. The student must meet with SDS staff in order to be referred. When a student is referred and assessment is conducted, there could be a fee. 

I have a learning disability that is documented. Will I qualify for services such as extra time on exams or a distraction-free environment?

Each individual, along with the appropriate documentation, is evaluated on a case-by-case situation. If supporting documentation exists, possible accommodations may include extra time and a distraction-free environment. 

Is the faculty aware and understanding of students with disabilities?

Faculty members at WTAMU are very understanding of student’s situations. They’re eager to work with students to create a positive and effective learning environment, while maintaining a high level of academic quality in the classroom.

I have a broken arm. Can I receive services?

Temporary conditions are not generally covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). However, if a student is unable to write for themselves, we can temporarily provide services for testing purposes and note-taking assistance.

Will the information regarding my disability be kept confidential?

All information received and maintained in the SDS office is considered confidential and can’t be shared without the written consent of the student. The University makes every effort to protect and preserve the privacy of all students.

I have physical/mobility impairment. Are all buildings on campus accessible?

The University has made every effort to ensure access to all facilities. Although all areas within all buildings may not be accessible to wheelchair traffic, the majority of buildings have accessible door openers and/or elevators within the building.

How do I request an alternate format textbook?

You must be registered with Student Disability Services (SDS) and qualify for this accommodation in order to request audio versions of a textbook. Contact the SDS office with your alternate format textbook request either through email, phone, and fax or make an appointment. SDS will make every effort to accommodate your audio textbook request.