Students with Disabilities

The purpose of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at Bethany college is to assist you in negotiating the college environment and removing disability-related barriers that impede the pursuit of your education.

The SSD Coordinator will verify your disability status, work with you to determine appropriate academic accommodations, and (working under the authority of the chief academic officer of Bethany College) will inform your instructors of accommodations to be granted.


You, the student, have the right to privacy in all matters related to your disability. If you want accommodations, you will need to disclose this to the SSD coordinator, but only to the coordinator. The coordinator will not disclose your disability to professors, but the accommodations approved for you will be communicated to those who need to know. Any further explanation would only come from you to the extent that you desire those conditions and disabilities to be made known.


Depending on the nature of your disability, your academic or student life accommodation might include:

  • Priority classroom seating
  • Accessible classrooms and dorm rooms
  • Change of classroom
  • Faculty member facing the class when speaking
  • Tape recording of lectures, exam questions, and exam answers
  • Use of scribes or stenographers, signers (interpreters), and note takers
  • Copies of overhead demonstrations and lecture notes
  • Copy of syllabus in advance
  • Syllabus and course handouts in large print
  • Enlarging exam questions or lecture notes
  • Leniency in grading spelling for in-class work
  • Exam or assignment delays
  • Alternative access to material covered in field trips
  • Extra time on tests, exams, and quizzes
  • Alternative test or assignment formats
  • Library materials retrieval assistance

You might be a student needing academic accommodation if:

  • You were enrolled in special education classes in high school or followed an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
  • You have a diagnosed learning disability.
  • You have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
  • You are being treated for a metal illness such as depression or have been diagnosed as having a psychoneurotic or personality disorder.
  • You are chronically ill and being treated for a condition such as a heart condition, Epilepsy, Hemophilia, Sickle Cell Anemia, HIV/AIDS, or Lupus.

Request Accommodation

You are responsible for informing Bethany College of your need for accommodations in academics or student life in a timely fashion.

Accommodations can go into effect only after your eligibility has been verified and your accommodation plan has been established.

Generally, the process will follow these steps:

  1. You will make an appointment with the SSD Coordinator to discuss your disability status and possible accommodations.
  2. You will be asked to summit a written request outlining the accommodations you believe are necessary.
  3. You will be asked to submit documentation no older than 3 years from a licensed professional qualified to diagnose your disability. These professionals may include:
    medical doctor (MD)
    educational psychologist
    speech pathologist
    vocational rehabilitation counselor
    physical therapist
    occupational therapist
    It is your responsibility to pay for any supplemental evaluation, testing, or documentation that might be needed.
  4. You will be asked to sign a confidential “Release of Information,” allowing Bethany College to inform key Bethany College personnel of your accommodation plan.
  5. Once your disability has been certified, the SSD Coordinator will determine reasonable academic accommodations for you and send a memo outlining these recommendations to each of you instructors.
  6. You are responsible for meeting with each of your instructors to discuss your accommodation plan.

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

A student with a disability requiring accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is obligated to inform Bethany College, through official documentation, in order to receive reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to educational opportunities, programs, and activities.

Did you know that almost 10% of first-time freshmen have some type of disability requiring academic accommodation by the Americans with Disabilities Act?

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