If you are a student who has a learning, psychological or physical disability, you should not feel alone. You will find that there are a number of students at Brescia who are very successful academically in spite of disabilities ranging from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to post-traumatic stress disorder to autism spectrum disorders to mobility and visual issues. Many of these students are succeeding because they have requested and are using various accommodations which allow them to have equal access to their education. These accommodations vary by need, but include having extended time for testing, quiet testing environment, downloadable books, and use of assistive technology, among others.
As you begin your Brescia career, I do want to offer you a word of personal advice. If you have had any accommodations in the past and/or have been taking any medications for a disability, please continue to rely on those for now. Beginning college (or transferring to a new college) will be a huge transition, and you do not need to be dealing with any additional stressors. If after one semester, you have been academically successful and feel you want to discontinue accommodations that decision will be yours. If you decide at that time that you want to discontinue taking medications, that is for you and your medical doctor to determine.
Please peruse the Brescia University Accommodation Procedures if you want to know more about how the process works. If you have a documented disability and wish to receive accommodations at Brescia, please complete the Accommodation Request Form and submit it along with documentation from your medical professional (doctor, psychologist, or psychiatrist). This documentation needs to include a clear diagnosis of your disability and be current (within the last five years.) An IEP or 504 plan from school is helpful, but not sufficient documentation.
Please send the information to:
Dr. Dolores Kiesler
Office for Disability Services
717 Frederica Street
Owensboro, KY 42301
Feel free to contact me at (270) 686-4259.
If you wish to fax the information, please put to my attention and send to (270) 684-2507.