ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY
Office of Disability Concerns
Established in 1977, Disability Concerns is the designated office on campus to provide accommodation services to students, faculty, staff, and guests with disabilities. It is the administration’s responsibility to provide overall supervision, executive management, fiscal responsibility, campus leadership and technical assistance to ensure that all accommodation services are reasonable and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and §504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
The administration is responsible for the development of the Department’s Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan and the implementation of the strategies, policies, and the supporting operations to achieve the goals of those plans. Guidance from the administration consistently focuses on Disability Concerns being a contributing member of the University community in meeting the goals of Educating Illinois: An Action Plan for Distinctiveness and Excellence at Illinois State University.
Daily operations are guided by specific tenets established by federal disability laws and the interpretations of the court cases and U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights ruling regarding reasonable accommodation and disability discrimination. As a member of the International Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), Disability Concerns adheres to three major sets of guidelines established for postsecondary disability service providers by this organization: the ethical guidelines, the guidelines for confidentiality, and the guidelines specific to the review and acceptance of disability documentation as support for providing accommodation services for a disability.
Disability Concerns, as a member of the University community and the provider of accommodations for both students and employees, also operates under any guidelines established and adhered to by the University. Such guidelines would include those established by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Illinois State University Student Code of Conduct, and state and federal regulations for the establishment of employment terms and conditions for all employees.
Disability Concerns has office policies and procedures that have been established for the daily internal operations and the procedures for providing accommodations to persons with disabilities. The organizational chart establishing the division of labor is based upon areas of expertise needed when determining appropriate accommodations, so as to ensure that the accommodations provided are based upon the impact of the disability and determined by a case-by-case basis. This organizational method as provides a means of creating an understanding with the students and employees that they have been assigned to a professional with expertise in the area of disability specific their needs.
In the Office of Disability Concerns, two Coordinators are responsible for evaluating documentation, determining eligibility and establishing appropriate accommodations for students. One Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the processes of fulfilling the
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