Should I tell about my disability on my application to college?
You are not required to disclose your disability at any time and the college is prohibited by Federal law from asking you about a disability on the application form. If you believe your disability has had a negative impact on your grades and test scores and, thus, those scores do not truly reflect your ability to do college level work, then it might benefit you to explain that to the admission officer or committee. However, this is a personal decision that you should also discuss with knowledgeable folks such as your parents, school counselor, vocational rehabilitation counselor, or even someone at the college.
Once you have been accepted at UHV, you may contact the Office of Disability Services for information you will need for registration as well as time frames for requesting accommodations. It is up to you to self-identify.
Are there any scholarships for disabled students?
Generally, no, there are no Federally-funded scholarship or loan programs specifically targeted to students with disabilities. You should contact the Financial Aid Office at of the universities you are considering; they are knowledgeable about the various scholarships and loan programs available and often can give you a list which describes the qualifications and application deadlines required for the various loans and scholarships. If you are not a client of Vocational Rehabilitation Services | Texas Workforce Commission , you may wish to apply for services to see if you are eligible and could receive support.
The HEATH Resource Center produces a helpful guide to scholarship and other funding sources. Look for the "Financial Aid Guide" publication at Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Internships | HEATH Resource Center | The George Washington University (gwu.edu)
How do I find out what my rights are in college?
The college may very well provide you this information in the admission packet. Prior to that, you can go online to Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Education’s page: Disability Discrimination (ed.gov) which provides access to the Federal law and regulations as well as some FAQ’s. You may also contact Office of Disability Services at any university, which can provide you information on Federal, state, local, and campus regulations that you should know.
Can I have my pet with me in my dorm room?
Pets are not allowed anywhere on the campus (SAM 01.C.12 – Animals on University Campuses). If you would like information about Emotional Support Animals or Service Animals, please contact the Office of Disability Services to inquire about the process and policies. (SAM 01.D.11 - Emotional Support Animal Policy; SAM 01.D.12 - Service Animal Policy) Click on the links included to access the actual policies.
My doctor says I should get extra time for assignments and for taking tests. The disability office says I’m allowed double time – why?
The college has the responsibility under Federal law for ensuring access to their programs and activities by students with disabilities. The Office of Disability Services is delegated the authority to make decisions on what is regarded as reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access because they have the knowledge, credentials, and experience to do this. The office often uses medical or other professional documentation provided by the student as a basis for making such decisions but they are not required to follow exactly the recommendations made in the documentation provided. If you feel the decision is not fair or appropriate, you may discuss your concerns with the Disability Services Manager. If you still are not pleased with the outcome, you may contact the UHV Title IX Office to file a complaint.
My professor refuses to give me my accommodations; what should I do?
You should contact the Office of Disability Services immediately to notify the staff that you are not receiving your approved accommodations. They will contact the instructor and get the issue corrected.