Students should complete the steps listed below well in advance of the anticipated need for services and accommodations to allow for a reasonable period of time in which to evaluate those needs and requests.
1. Students must be admitted to and/or enrolled at the University to request accommodations.
2. Students requesting accommodations should first contact the CeDAR located at 667 Ardelia Court, on FAMU’s campus; complete the New Student Intake Form, the Accommodation Request Form, and/or the Mobility Access Request Form, as applicable.
3. All students should be prepared to provide documentation of disabilities and needs. Documentation is subject to verification by the University.
4. Requests that require special funding, such as a need for specific software and adaptive equipment will be assessed for possible resources that might already provide for the request, such as Vocational Rehabilitation or Blind Services. If not duplicating an available resource, the University will provide reasonable accommodations for the documented request.
5. After receipt of required documentation, the CeDAR professionals will make a case–by–case determination of the student’s educational need for any requested auxiliary aids, accommodations, and/or other special services determined to be necessary.
6. When notified that the documentation provided supports the student’s disability claim and current need for accommodations, the student must do the following: (a) Meet with a coordinator to discuss accommodations and services. (b) Review CeDAR policies and procedures for services.
7. Once accepted, the services and equipment (if deemed appropriate), will be provided at no cost to the student. However, to receive services from the CeDAR, the student is responsible for:
Requesting accommodations each semester. Documentation is not necessary at this time unless significant changes have happened since initiating services.
Delivering Accommodation Letters to all professors.
Following procedures and adhering to policies for specific accommodations and services.
Monitoring his/her own academic progress.
If an accommodation is not effective, students should consult with a coordinator for adjustments.
Why Do We Need Documentation?
To be eligible for disability-related services, students must have a documented disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under the ADA, a person has a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities. Documentation must include the following:
Specific diagnosis of disability by a qualified professional
Functional impact of the disability on academic performance
Learning Disabilities and ADHD documentation must comply with AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disabilities) and ETS (Educational Testing Services) guidelines.
Completed Application by the student and the appropriate disability verification form completed by a qualified professional.
Your application, the disability verification form, and other documentation can be submitted by the following methods:
Hand delivery to the CeDAR (Tallahassee Campus) Fax to (850) 561-2513 to the CeDAR (Tallahassee Campus) Mail to Center for Disability Access and Resources, 640 Gamble St., Tallahassee, FL 32307 Email to firstname.lastname@example.org