Frequently Asked Questions
The Disability Accommodation Process at LIT
Single Parents, Displaced Homemakers, and Economically Disadvantaged Students
What does the Special Populations Office do?
The Special Populations office offers services for students with diagnosed disabilities and offers referrals to surrounding community agencies for students who need other types of assistance.
Where is the office located?
The Special Populations office is located in the Cecil Beeson building in the back of the Student Services office.
Does the Special Populations office charge a fee for services?
No, all services are free for Lamar Institute of Technology students.
How do you define a disability?
Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act defines a disability as a physical impairment, which substantially limits one or major life activities, for ex: breathing, speaking, seeing, walking, learning, working or taking care of oneself. Even if others perceive you as having such impairment, you may have a disability. The key here is the term substantially limits. This means a person is restricted as to the condition or manner, or duration under which a major life activity can be performed, in comparison to the average person or to most people, or that a person cannot perform the activity at all.
What types of disability services are offered?
Accommodations can be made for a physical and/or learning disability. A request for services must be made at least four weeks before the beginning of the semester. Appropriate documentation of a disability must be submitted before accommodations can be arranged. Services include, but are not limited to: career counseling/advising, interpreter services, note takers, scribes, specialized testing arrangements, registration assistance, books on tape, mobility/accessibility accommodations, and procurement of assistive/adaptive equipment.
How do I request disability services?
- Student must make an appointment with the Special Populations Coordinator (409) 880-1737 or (409) 839-2001 (TTY)
- Student must provide a copy of testing, medical records, and /or letter from a physician which indicates a disability. If you are learning disabled you must supply test scores accompanied by a professional diagnosis. Documentation must be within the past five (5) years.
- Once documentation is received, an appointment will be made with a review committee of qualified professional and recommendations for accommodations will be made. Postsecondary institutions are only required to guarantee equal access, not equal outcomes.
- Complete a “Request for Accommodations Form.” Accommodation memos will be printed out. It is the student’s responsibility to come by the Special Populations Office to pick up their memo. The student will be asked to sign and date an “Accommodation Pickup Sheet.”
- The Student must then personally deliver the memo to each of their instructors. It is best to do this during his or her office hours. Accommodations do not become effective until the instructor receives the memo.
- Steps 3, 4, and 5 must be done each semester that you require accommodations.
How do I continue to receive services for my disability each semester?
Follow steps 3, 4, and 5 on “How do I request disability services”
How do I arrange to have a sign language interpreter for my classes?
Hearing impaired students should contact the Special Populations office via email or through the TTY phone (409) 839-2001 at least six weeks in advance so that the coordinator will have adequate time to locate a qualified interpreter.
What assistance is available for Single Parents?
Referral services are available to different agencies that may assist you with day care costs while you are attending Lamar Institute of Technology.
What services are in place for Displaced Homemakers?
A Displaced Homemaker is an individual who is considered to be the homemaker of the family and is forced into the workplace due to divorce, death or injury of a spouse who was the income provider for the family. The Special Populations office regularly refers Displaced Homemakers to surrounding community agencies that can provide support services.
What services are in place for Economically Disadvantaged students?
The Special Populations office works with surrounding community agencies on a regular basis. The Special Populations coordinator will help you locate an agency that will be able to help you with your need(s).