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A&M-Commerce Student Disability Services provides accommodations and services to enhance accessibility for individuals with disabilities and facilitate awareness of disability-related issues in a supportive environment that creates a culture of inclusion where all are welcomed, respected and supported to achieve their dreams and aspirations.

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Student Disability Services :: REGISTERING WITH SDS

Apply for Student Disability Services

In order to receive disability-related accommodations and services, you should abide by the following process:

  1. Apply and be accepted for admission to A&M-Commerce through the regular admissions process.
  2. Complete the Student Disability Services application packet and provide current and comprehensive documentation of a diagnosed disability which requires accommodations.  See guidelines for documentation information sheet.
  3. Request your accommodation letters from Student Disability Services at the beginning of each semester.

Documentation

The documentation submitted to our office should be current according to the guidelines for documentation, comprehensive and include the following:

  1. A specific diagnosis, including level of severity.
  2. The specific findings in support of this diagnosis including relevant history, observations of the individual, tests administered, test results and evaluator’s interpretation of those test results. For a diagnosis of Learning Disability, ADD or ADHD, a neuropsychological examination or psycho-educational evaluation is required to determine eligibility for services as a student with a disability. Objective evidence of a substantial limitation must be provided.
  3. A description of the student’s functional limitations as they are directly related to the stated disabilities and necessitate any accommodations.
  4. The evaluator’s name, address, telephone number (in the event our office needs to contact the evaluator) and professional credential relevant to the diagnosis (i.e., M.D., Ph.D., LSSP).
  5. The documentation must be on letterhead, typed, dated and signed.

How To Get Documentation

The professional making the diagnosis of a disability should be an appropriately trained evaluator, such as a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist or educational diagnostician. For example, an audiologist would diagnose a hearing impairment; a psychiatrist, psychologist or clinical social worker would diagnose a psychological disability. Documentation from a family member or family friend is not acceptable.

Student Disability Services provides guidelines for documentation. If you have any questions about the documentation that is requested, please feel free to contact us at 903.886.5835.

We reserve the right to request additional information or evaluation. However, information regarding resources to use in obtaining an evaluation is available from our office.

We serve as the repository for medical documentation of disabilities. Documentation submitted to us is confidential and used solely for the purpose of assisting students in identifying and securing accommodations and services to support their full participation at A&M-Commerce.

Request AccomModation Letters

Request your accommodation letters from Student Disability Services at the beginning of each semester.

  • Accommodations are provided on an individual basis as needs arise.
  • Examples of accommodations include extended testing time, interpreters, note-taking, reader services, scribe services, audio books and other adaptive technology.
  • Although not accommodations, Student Disability Services supports students with issues and situations related to advocacy, accessibility and on-campus housing.

Student Disability Services is a resource for information including, but not limited to, tutoring services, study skills and time management, community resources, disability awareness and various university services.

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Mission

It is the mission of Student Disability Services to facilitate accessibility by providing services, accommodations and technology for Texas A&M University-Commerce students with disabilities.

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Student Disability Services :: Meet our Faculty and Staff

Meet our Staff

Off-Site Locations

If you have questions about testing accommodations at one of the off-site locations, contact the appropriate person from the list below.

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Student Disability Services :: FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the special requests that can be made regarding housing?

Some special housing requests that can be made, based on application and documentation submitted, include but are not limited to:

  • Wheelchair accessible room
  • First floor room
  • Strobe light (for hearing impaired students)
  • Braille (for room numbers)
  • Bathtub or roll-in shower
  • Use of a service animal or emotional support animal
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Does the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) apply to higher education?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is a law administered by the Office of Special Education Programs in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the U.S. Department of Education. This law does not apply to higher education.

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What are some of the accommodations that can be made regarding housing?

Some accommodation requests that can be made, based on the application and documentation submitted, include but are not limited to:

  • Wheelchair accessible room
  • First-floor room
  • Strobe light (for hearing-impaired students)
  • Braille (for room numbers)
  • Bathtub or roll-in shower
  • Use of a service animal or emotional support animal
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I do not have documentation. Can I still apply with SDS?

Yes, a case manager will walk you through the process on how to obtain documentation.

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I am Deaf/Hoh. Will I receive CART or interpreting?

Yes, you can receive these services. So that there is no delay in services students should inform SDS of their interpreting or CART needs at least 2 weeks in advance.

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How do I take exams with SDS?

Students must register 5 business days in advance to take exams/quizzes within SDS. Business days are Mon-Fri from 8:00 – 5:00 pm. Please click here for instructions on how to register for exams.

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I am not receiving my accommodations. What should I do?

Please contact SDS to speak with your case manager.

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What will be listed on my accommodation letter?

Your accommodation letter will list the accommodations that you receive. Your diagnosis will not be listed.

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How do I inform my professors of my accommodations?

Students must request their accommodations EVERY semester. Please click here for instructions on how to do so.

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What do I need to do to take my exam/quiz in SDS?

Students must register 5 business days in advance by clicking here. Business days are Mon-Fri from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (holidays are not included).

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How do I apply with Student Disability Services?

Please complete an application by clicking here for instructions.

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Does a student have to inform A&M-Commerce that they have a disability?

A student with a disability does not have to disclose their disability to A&M-Commerce. Disclosure of a disability is on a voluntary basis. However, a student will not receive accommodations unless they disclose this information to the office of Student Disability Services.

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What is the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act on Higher Education of 1990?

The Americans with Disabilities Act on Higher Education of 1990 impacts the whole institution including activities, facilities, programs, and employment. In regards to academics, the Americans with Disabilities Act on Higher Education 1990 required higher education institutions to provide reasonable accommodations for students.

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Can parents speak with Student Disability Services regarding their child’s situation?

As a young adult, the student may choose to have information about his or her case discussed with his or her parent(s) through signing a FERPA release form directly from our office. The release cannot be a blanket release for the student’s entire college career.

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What is the difference in the responsibilities of high schools and higher education institutions?

The responsibilities towards students with disabilities in institutions of higher education are very different from those of high schools. High schools are required under IDEA to identify the educational needs of students with disabilities and provide free and appropriate education.

This responsibility is not required of higher education institutions. Higher education institutions are required to provide appropriate and reasonable academic accommodations to ensure that a student with a disability is not discriminated against. The student is responsible for disclosing his or her disability to the institution and seeking accommodations.

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Can a parent request accommodation for their child?

All requests for accommodations must come directly from the student.

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Can a student’s personal attendant live in the residence hall?

A student’s personal attendant may live in the residence hall provided that the personal attendant is a student at A&M-Commerce. The university does not provide a personal attendant but can assist the student in finding one. A student needing a personal attendant should discuss this with the department of Student Disability Services.

SDS is not required to provide the following: Readers or study devices for courses not offered by A&M-Commerce; individually prescribed devices; personal attendants; and tutorial services.

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Student Disability Services :: Contact

Contact Us

  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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