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Disability Services

Dominican is committed to the full participation of all students in its programs and activities. Although Dominican has no academic program specifically designed for students with disabilities who are otherwise qualified for admission, Dominican is committed to providing support service and reasonable accommodations when requested by students who qualify for them.

Dominican uses a team approach to provide support for students with disabilities. The Disability Services office is located in the Academic Advising and Achievement Center. The Disability Services staff assist students, both undergraduate and graduate, who have a disability, by reviewing documentation supplied by licensed professionals and by writing the SAAR (Student Academic Accommodation Request). The Disability Services staff will make referrals for diagnostic services (at student expense), provide advice and personal contact for students with disabilities, and assist with locating needed resources. The Disability Services staff is also available to faculty and staff who have questions regarding a student's accommodation and other issues pertaining to a disability.

Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states that: "No otherwise qualified person with a disability in the United States...shall, solely by reason of...disability, be denied the benefits of, be excluded from participation in, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."

Colleges and universities receiving federal financial assistance must not discriminate in the recruitment, admission, or treatment of students. Students with documented disabilities may request modifications, accommodations, or auxiliary aids, which will enable them to participate in and benefit from all post-secondary educational programs and activities. Post-secondary institutions must make such changes to ensure the academic program is accessible to the greatest extent possible by all students with disabilities.

The Americans with disabilities act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is the civil rights guarantee for persons with disabilities in the United States. It provides protection from discrimination for individuals on the basis of disability. The ADA extends civil rights protections for people with disabilities to employment in the public and private sectors, transportation, public accommodations, services provided by state and local government and telecommunication relay services.

The ADA upholds and extends the standards for compliance set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to employment practices, communications, and all policies, procedures, and practices that impact on the treatment of students with disabilities. Employment issues for all institutions are covered under Title I. For all activities, public institutions are covered under Title II; private institutions are covered under Title III.

Because of the public attention given to the passage and implementation of the ADA, renewed attention is being focused on disability access to institutions of higher education. This focus includes the whole scope of the institution's activities, including facilities, programs, and employment.


Contact Disability Services

To schedule an appointment, contact the Director of Disability Services, Todd K. Herriott, at 415.257.0187, TTY: 415.482.1975, or todd.herriott@dominican.edu.

For general information requests, e-mail disabilityservices@dominican.edu

Fax 415-257-0177, Attn: Todd Herriott


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