- What should I know when applying to Texas A&M University? Are there any special procedures?
- What should I do if I suspect I have a disability and want to receive accommodations?
- I received special education (IDEA) or 504 services in high school, how are these services different in college?
- If I am a student with a disability, will Disability Resources seek me out to provide services like my counselors did in high school?
- What role do my parents play in the process?
- I have a physical disability and have trouble getting around. What types of accommodations are geared just for me?
- I suspect I have a learning disability, can Disability Resources conduct the assessment to provide a diagnosis?
- I’m a Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) or Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) client. Is there anything special I should know?
Students with disabilities must apply to TAMU through the regular admissions procedure. There are no special admissions procedures. A student may, however, apply to the companies that administer the standardized admission exams (such as Educational Testing Services and The College Board) for provision of accommodations when taking standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT and GRE. Contact the exam administration companies for further information on how to apply for and make arrangements for standardized exam accommodations.
If you suspect you have a disability that is impacting your academic performance, you will need to provide documentation of that disability to Disability Resources (DR). This documentation must be supplied by a qualified professional who is licensed or certified to diagnose the disability in question. An appointment should be scheduled with an Access Coordinator (AC) in the Department of Disability Resources to discuss your potential need for services and to gather resource and referral information.
Colleges are required to provide any reasonable accommodation that may be necessary for equal access to education. They are not required to design special programs for students with disabilities or have Individualized Educational Plans (IEP’s).
In college, students with disabilities are covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) no longer applies. Since this is the case, the legal obligations change. There is no special education in college. Under IDEA, it is the responsibility of the schools to provide services and seek out students with disabilities. Colleges do not have to seek out students with disabilities. It is the student’s responsibility to seek out services and accommodations through Disability Resources.
Students who are 18 years old or older are legally recognized as adults. In this case, the student is responsible for their own accommodation requests and disability-related decisions. However, students are encouraged to have an open dialogue with their parents. Parents can be a wonderful source of support.
Students with physical disabilities are encouraged to register with Disability Resources every semester so that their Access Coordinator can help them with access to buildings and other university activities. Disability Resources partners with Facilities Services to address concerns with building and campus access.
Due to the large size of the campus, paratransit services are available as needed.
Colleges are not required to conduct or provide testing or evaluations to determine is a student has a disability. The student is responsible for providing current documentation, and any additional testing to support the requested accommodations, if necessary. However, Disability Resources does provide referral information for local evaluators.
If you have a TWC/DHHS counselor in your home town, you are encouraged to stay in contact with your home counselor. If you do not have a home town TWC/DHHS counselor or have other questions regarding TWC/DHHS, you may contact the Bryan/College Station TWC/DHHS office at 979-680-5270.