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WELCOME TO THE OFFICE OF ACCESSIBILITY RESOURCES AND SERVICES

Welcome to High Point University where we are committed to providing students with disabilities equal access to their college education and university life. We will help advocate for students by providing and coordinating appropriate accommodations for qualified students.

High Point University will not discriminate in the recruitment, admission, educational process or treatment of students with disabilities. In making reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, the University will consider educational modifications, housing accommodations, architectural barriers, and other services available to all students.

At the beginning of each term, a student must request their accommodation letters for faculty, staff and campus officials. The student will deliver the accommodation letters in a timely manner prior to the need for the accommodation. Accommodations are not retroactive, so students are encouraged to request accommodation letters the first week of classes. Accommodations are in place only after the student notifies the instructor and discusses arrangements to be made.

*Accommodations approved by the University will be made available at no cost to the student.

If you are looking to apply for accommodations, please visit out OARS Accommodation Requests site, or visit our Accommodation Requests page. PLEASE NOTE- when you are applying for accommodations, you will be asked for your HPU email and password to access the site.

 

Difference between High School and College Accommodations

High School

College (ADAA)

Type of Statute

Provides funding to states to ensure provision of free appropriate public education for children with disabilities.

Civil Rights statute protecting persons with disabilities from discrimination.

Main Provisions

Establishes procedural safeguards and the right to free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.

Because of a disability, a qualified person can't be: excluded from participation in, denied benefits of or be subject to discrimination by any service, program or activity.

Who is Protected

Children falling into the 13 categories listed in the IDEA and requiring special educational services to benefit from an education.

Any person with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.

Extent of Obligation

Free appropriate public education ensuring a meaningful benefit from education.

Equivalent access to educational and extracurricular programs.

Delivery Method

Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Section 504 plan.

Worked out on a case-by-case basis with the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS) to create an accommodation letter, listing the student’s accommodations.

Student's Responsibility

The student does not have to facilitate the provision of accommodations. Do one's best.

• Disclose disability

• Provide documentation to OARS

• Facilitate the provision of reasonable accommodations at the beginning of each semester

• Show up to class

• Use accommodations appropriately

• Speak up if trouble arises

• There is no statuary mechanism requiring parental involvement and such involvement is discouraged in college.

Caveats

The IEP and Section 504 plan is implemented by school professionals.

• Accommodations must be reasonable

• As circumstances warrant, the qualified student may discuss additional accommodations with OARS over time

• The interactive process of communication among the student, professor, and OARS Specialist is vital to working out appropriate accommodations. Trial and error may be a necessary part of the process.

• Colleges are not required to "fundamentally alter" their programs or incur "undue hardship."

Dana Bright M. Ed.
Office of Accessibility Resources and Services Accessibility Specialist
Phone (336) 841-9361
Fax (336) 841-9652
Contact Dana

 

Kim Pope, M.Ed.
Office of Accessibility Resources and Services Accessibility Specialist
Phone: (336) 841-9593
Fax (336) 841-9652
Contact Kim

Anna V. Strejc
Office of Accessibility Resources and Services Testing Coordinator and Technology Associate
Phone: (336) 841-9441
Fax (336) 841-9652
Contact Anna 

Our Mission is to enable students to receive equal access to education and all aspects of university life, through interactive student meetings, providing reasonable accommodations, and coordinating with staff and faculty. 

High Point University will not discriminate in the recruitment, admission, educational process or treatment of students with disabilities. In making reasonable accommodations, architectural barriers, and other services available to all students. 

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