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FAQs

What is a disability?

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an individual has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; a record of such an impairment; or being regarded as having such an impairment.

What type of disability is required to use SAS services?

A disability may be visible such as a mobility or visual impairment, or a disability may be invisible such as a psychological disability, a specific learning disability, a chronic health condition, etc.  A student with any disability, as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, may qualify for services from Student Accessibility Services.  For further information on registration procedures and documentation guidelines, please visit the 'Steps to Register' and the 'Disability Documentation Guidelines & Forms' section of our website.

Does SAS provide assistance to students with temporary impairments/injuries?

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) can assist students with temporary injuries. Services are provided only for the duration of the functional limitation(s) associated with the temporary injury. Examples of temporary injuries may include, but are not limited to, a fractured wrist, a broken leg, or a sprained ankle.  

Eligibility for services is determined on a case-by-case basis. Students with temporary injuries are required to schedule an intake appointment with an Accessibility Specialist in SAS and may be required to provide written documentation of their injury completed by an appropriate medical professional. For further information on registration procedures and documentation guidelines, please visit the 'Steps to Register' and the 'Disability Documentation Guidelines & Forms' section of our website.If you need temporary handicapped parking, please visit the 'Transportation & Parking' section of our website for further information.

Do I need to provide documentation of my disability?

Students requesting accommodations from SAS may be required to provide documentation regarding their specific disability. However, you should not delay meeting with an Accessibility Specialist in SAS out of concern for not having the appropriate documentation. To assist students and practitioners, we have developed disability documentation guidelines and verification forms to identify essential information for determining reasonable accommodations. To learn more about documentation guidelines, please visit the ‘Disability Documentation Guidelines & Forms’ section of our website.

After my registration with SAS is complete do I need to re-register every semester?

No. Once your registration is complete you are eligible to receive your approved accommodations throughout your academic career at Kent State University.  However, if you need to make changes to your accommodations a meeting with an Accessibility Specialist and updated documentation may be required.

How do I let my professors know that I am registered with SAS and that I receive accommodations?

Once you have completed your registration with SAS, you will receive personalized access to SAS Online Services. SAS Online Services is a web-based tool that allows you to electronically e-mail accommodation letters to your professors. Accommodation letters serve as notification of your SAS registration and detail your approved accommodations for your professors.

SAS also recommends that you meet with your professors at the beginning of each semester to discuss your accommodation needs for the class. Make certain that you are familiar with the syllabus and the course requirements so that you can address any questions or concerns you may have regarding the application of your accommodations. Please remember that you do not need to identify the nature of your disability to your professors; however, many students have found it helpful to discuss their specific learning styles with their professors.  

If you do not present your professor with an accommodation letter via the SAS Online Service, the professor is not required to provide the approved accommodations.  Similarly, you should be aware that professors are not required to provide accommodations that SAS did not list on the accommodation letter. Students are encouraged to notify an Accessibility Specialist in SAS immediately if they are having difficulty in obtaining any agreed-upon accommodations.  The SAS office will resolve such issues in as timely a manner as possible. Students are also encouraged to notify an Accessibility Specialist in SAS immediately if an accommodation is not effective.  The Accessibility Specialist will work with you to resolve the problem as promptly as possible through an interactive process.

Do I have to use all of my approved accommodations in every class?

No. SAS Online Services allows you to tailor your accommodation letters to your individual classes. However, please note that SAS is not able to require that accommodations be applied retroactively.  

I am taking a course offered through another Kent State Campus. How do I access my accommodations?  

If you plan to transition to or take classes at another Kent State Campus or site and require accommodations for your disability, your timely contact with the SAS (or SDS) office at each campus you plan to attend is important if you are to have accommodations in place. This is especially true if you use accommodations such as interpreters, closed captioning, note takers, e-text, etc. Students transitioning to or attending other campuses or sites MUST do the following:

  • Contact the SAS Coordinator on the campus at which you are taking the course. Even if the course is online, accommodations cannot be implemented without a formal check-in, which can be completed over the phone or in person. This process should take approximately 10 to 15 minutes. It is your responsibility to establish this contact.
  • You must complete this process the first time you take a class at a different campus.  Once you have established your SAS record at a campus, your accommodations and documentation will remain on file. You only need to let the SAS Coordinator know that you are taking classes at that campus in subsequent semesters.

I currently require the service of a personal care attendant. Will SAS provide this service as an accommodation for me?  

SAS does not provide personal care attendants or individually prescribed devices, such as wheelchairs, prescription eyeglasses, hearing aids, etc., or services of a personal nature, such as assistance in eating, toileting, dressing, etc. If students require these services, they need to make their own arrangements.

Does SAS provide assistance to students requesting housing accommodations?

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) works collaboratively with the Department of Residence Services to provide housing accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. There are a variety of accessible housing options in the residence halls, including single rooms, air-conditioning, roll-in showers, and various bathroom configurations. For further information and residence hall room diagrams and floor plans, please visit the Residence Services website.

Eligibility for housing accommodations for qualified students with disabilities is determined on a case-by-case basis. For further information on registration procedures and documentation guidelines, please visit the 'Steps to Register' and the 'Disability Documentation Guidelines & Forms' section of our website. Please address any housing related needs and concerns during your Intake Appointment with an Accessibility Specialist in SAS.

Please note:  If you are an incoming student, or if this will be your first time applying for on-campus housing, we strongly encourage you to complete your registration with SAS and apply for your disability-related housing needs by the end of the second week in June. Housing assignments for new students begin July 1st and priority will be given to those who complete the registration and application process by the end of June.

Should I contact SAS if I have concerns about the meal plan because of my food allergies?

Kent State University is committed to providing options for students with food allergies and other dietary needs in all campus dining halls and food eateries. Eligibility for dining modification plans for qualified students with disabilities is determined on a case-by-case basis.  For further information on registration procedures and documentation guidelines, please visit the 'Steps to Register' and the 'Disability Documentation Guidelines & Forms' section of our website. Please address any dietary related needs and concerns during your Intake Appointment with an Accessibility Specialist in SAS. The Accessibility Specialist will help students work with Dining Services to access reasonable dietary modification needs.  Students are strongly encouraged to complete this process as soon as possible to ensure timely provision of any SAS-approved dietary modification plan.  For more information on dining at Kent State University including dining locations, today’s menus and nutrition information, visit the Kent State Dining Services website.

What are the steps to receiving accommodations for a test such as the Praxis Series Tests or the GRE?

All requests for accommodations must be submitted to Educational Testing Services (ETS) directly. You may access further information on ETS' procedures for requesting accommodations and ETS' disability documentation requirements on the 'Test Takers with Disabilities and Health-Related Needs' portion of the ETS website.

Please contact an Accessibility Specialist if you are requesting SAS to complete the Disability Service Provider section of the ETS Bulletin Supplement.

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