Student Resources

Student’s Role in Service Provision

In order to receive academic support services, the student must take responsibility in the following ways:

  • Notify the Counselor/Coordinator of Student Accommodations of his/her disability.
  • Complete an application for support services and provide appropriate documentation of a disability.
  • Request accommodations within a reasonable time frame. Some services may not be available at the beginning of the semester if sufficient notice is not given.
  • Discuss requested accommodations with instructors as necessary. Although a student’s instructors will automatically receive an accommodation notice, the instructor will assume that the student does not require accommodations for his/her particular course unless the student specifically requests an accommodation.
  • Contact the Counselor/Coordinator of Student Accommodations regarding academic difficulties and with questions or concerns regarding services.

Documenting a Disability

For students whose disability falls under the category of psychological, physical, health, visual, auditory, traumatic brain injury or mobility, a letter from a physician or therapist or a copy of a student’s high school IEP can meet the requirement for documentation.

For students with a learning disability, a copy of the student’s high school IEP or documentation from a testing provider can meet the requirement for documentation.

For students who suspect that they have a learning disability, but have never been tested, Eastern Illinois University’s School Psychology program can provide testing as a discounted rate. Please contact them at 217-581-6615. Additionally, your local Department of Human Services may be able to provide funding assistance for testing.

Transitioning from High School to College with a Disability

Services for students with disabilities at the high school level are governed by Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), while services at the college level are governed by the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In short, IDEA aims to assure success while ADA requires the college to provide access. For a complete breakdown of differences, click here.

Classroom Strategies for Students with Disabilities & Difficulties

Financial Aid Opportunities for Students with Disabilities