Brescia University serves many students with disabilities, ranging from physical to psychological to learning disabilities. In order to be served, the student must advocate for him or herself and provide the University with current, accurate, and reliable documentation.
Students with disabilities who are attending Brescia University and need accommodations in order to be successful in college need to provide official documentation to the Academic Dean for academic accommodations and to the Dean of Students for non-academic accommodations.
Students with learning, psychological or physical disabilities are eligible for Student Support Services on that basis alone if the student has an academic need for services and documentation of the disability is provided.
A clear distinction exists between accommodations which every university is required to provide for students with documented disabilities and services which are opportunities made available for any eligible student at the university regardless of disabilities. Examples of accommodations include extended time for testing, a quiet environment for testing, a note taker, a scribe, and other such activities which allow a student with a disability to receive the same information as a student without disabilities. Examples of services are tutoring, advising, personal counseling, and financial aid.
An IEP or 504 Plan in high school combined both accommodations and services; a college or university is only required to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations.