FAQ

When should I submit documentation verifying a disability to The Office of Disability Services?
Documentation should not be submitted before receiving a letter of acceptance from Georgia Southwestern's Office of Admissions.

Where should I send documentation verifying my disability?
Documentation can be brought to the Office of Disability Services, which is located on the first floor of Sanford Hall or mailed to: 

Office of Disability Services 
Georgia Southwestern State University
800 Georgia Southwestern State University Drive 
Americus, GA 31709

Is my Individual Education Plan (IEP) appropriate documentation? 
No. A complete psychological or educational evaluation must be submitted to obtain accommodations.

How do I receive accommodations/services? 
To receive accommodations, a student must complete an application to participate in the Office of Disability Services program and submit documentation verifying a disability to the Disability Services Coordinator. The documentation must be on letter head and signed by a licensed professional.

What is considered current documentation? 
Since reasonable accommodations are based upon the current impact of the disability, the documentation must address the current level of functioning and the need for accommodations. For a graduating high school senior, testing should have been conducted within the past three years. For all other students, testing should have been conducted within the past five years. For students with psychological disorders, testing should have been conducted with the past year.

Who should I contact if I need accommodation on a standardized test 
(PRAXIS, COMPASS, GRE, Regents, etc...)? 

Contact the Disability Coordinator at (229) 931-2661 or visit the Office of Disability Services on the first floor of Sanford Hall, Room 101.

What should I do if I believe that I have a disability? 
Students who believe they have a disability should stop by the Office of Disability Services and speak with the Disability Coordinator. If testing is necessary, the Disability Coordinator will provide the student with a packet to complete for testing at Georgia State University's Regents Center for Learning Disabilities or refer the student to a local diagnostician. Testing at the RCLD will only be conducted with a letter of referral from the Disability Services Coordinator.

How much does it cost to have an evaluation completed? 
An evaluation can cost as much as $2000. An evaluation completed at the Regents Center for Learning Disabilities costs only $500. Cost depends on whose conducting the evaluation.

Are temporary accommodation provided?
Temporary accommodations are provided with appropriate documentation.

What accommodations are provided to students with disabilities? 
Accommodations are determined by the documentation received and the diagnosis. The most commonly used accommodations are extended time on tests, testing in a distraction reduced environment, note-taker, reader, scribe, use of tape recorder during lecture and preferential seating.