The University of Dallas is committed to facilitating students with disabilities access to and participation in the University's programs, events, classes, and administrative activities. The specific accommodation that will be appropriate for a student is evaluated on an individual basis so as to best assist the student.
In order to ascertain the accommodations that are appropriate for an individual student, the student should submit a request for specific accommodations, as well as supporting documentation. The request and documentation will be evaluated by the Student Disability Services Committee. The student can start the process by submitting his or her request online at udallas.edu/ada-request.
It is difficult to say without reviewing the accommodations you received and the documentation supporting those accommodations.
While the ADA and Section 504 apply at both the high school and college levels, they do not apply in exactly the same manner. The United States Department of Education has provided a helpful guide for students that explains some of the important differences between the way disability accommodations apply in the high school and college environments. That guide can be found here.
Regardless, any documentation and information you have relating to disability accommodations in high school may be useful in determining the accommodations that would be appropriate for you at UD.
The following documentation guidelines are used to verify the student's disabling condition(s):
In addition, the Student Disability Services Committee has developed guidelines and verification forms to assist students in gathering appropriate documentation for certain disabilities and accommodation requests. You can find the guidelines and verification forms here.
Finally, while each institution conducts its own evaluation, you may find it useful to see the more detailed (and frequently disability specific) guidelines provided by the College Board, which administers the SAT. Those guidelines are available here.
Yes, it is possible to receive accommodations relating to specialized dietary needs.
Students who have specialized dietary requests that are not based a disability should consult an Aramark representative to discuss how to customize their eating experience in light of their specific requests. Aramark is able to meet many specialized dietary requests. More information is available here.
Students who have specialized dietary requests that are based on a disability can consult an Aramark representative, but should also submit a disability accommodation request to the Student Disability Services Coordinator here.
Yes, it is possible to request an exemption from the meal plan based on a disability. Requests should be submitted to the Student Disability Services Coordinator here.
Requests based on specialized dietary needs are treated as requests for an accommodation so as to receive the specialized diet. Consequently, the Student Disability Services Committee will review the request to determine whether the supporting documentation establishes a medical/disability-based reason for the specific diet. The Student Disability Services Committee then makes a recommendation for a diet-based accommodation.
The student presents the Committee's recommendation to an Aramark representative to review and comment on. The Aramark representative will acknowledge either that Aramark cannot provide the recommended diet-based accommodation or that it can provide the recommended diet-based accommodation.
The student then submits the recommendation and acknowledgement form to the Office of Student Housing for a decision as to the appropriate accommodation.
There are various ways to access audiobooks.
First, the University of Dallas has an institutional account with Bookshare, which provides free access to individuals with qualifying disabilities.
Second, all University of Dallas students have access to the Irving Public Library, including its selection of audiobooks through Hoopla. Please contact one of the University of Dallas librarians in order to setup an account with the Irving Public Library.
Third, there are a wide variety of for-profit sources for quality audiobooks, such as Audible.com.
In order to assist students, Student Disability Services has compiled links to audio versions of texts and editions that are frequently used in various courses.