Getting Started | Accessibility & Accommodation
The Office of Accessibility & Accommodation (OAA) Services is designed to arrange for specialized academic support services or modifications to the learning environment for students with a documented disability.
Step 1: Register with OAA
- Complete the New Client Packet which contains the Initial Interview and Consent to Release forms. From the New Client Packet link, you can complete and submit online, the Initial Interview and Consent to Release documents.
- Submit Disability Documentation from your service provider (doctor, therapist or evaluator). When DocuSigned, the Disability Documentation is first signed by you and is then automatically forwarded to the name and email address of the Service Provider you indicate. Or you can print a pdf of the Disability Documentation form and provide it to your provider.
If your service provider is unable to complete this particular form, submit any documentation of disability, test scores, and/or medical records that address your diagnosis and related academic accommodations. Either you or your service provider can send the Disability Documentation directly to our office ---- email: firstname.lastname@example.org; fax # 503-352-6260); You will receive an email from OAA Services confirming receipt of your medical documentation. **NOTE: OAA Services staff are currently working remotely, per University policy. At this time OAA is unable to check USPS mail. For questions and assistance in submitting documentation, please use email or telephone to contact OAA staff. We look forward to providing you with information, support and assistance.
Academic standards require qualified documentation to receive accommodation. Students are responsible for furnishing this documentation to the university through OAA Services.
Step 2: Review your Accommodation Notification
- An Accommodation Notification is the official communication to faculty that outlines the appropriate accommodations that have been established for an individual student. The OAA Director Kim Garrett will review your submitted documentation and will create an Accommodation Notification listing your provider-recommended academic accommodations. Before the start of each semester, an Accommodation Notification will be shared with you and each of your professors via an "OAA Confidential" BOX folder. An Accommodation Notification is NOT sent to faculty for non-academic accommodations (ie. housing accommodation, Emotional Support Animal). You are encouraged to log into BOX at any time to review the contents of your OAA Confidential folder.
Step 3: Communicate
- If you wish to exercise your right to accommodations, at the very start of the semester, set up appointments to meet with your professors to talk about your academic accommodations and develop an understanding and plan for the semester.
- If you've been approved for testing accommodations, e-text accommodations, or note takers, please review the additional information for those accommodations.
***If your disability is not currently documented and you are in need of a disability assessment, resources and information about getting assessed are available on the "Where can I get assessed" page***