Disability Support Services
The Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs coordinates Midway University’s disability support services in compliance with Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended. When appropriate, the University provides reasonable accommodations designed to enable students to equitably participate in and benefit from the University’s programs, services, and activities, provided that such accommodations would not:
- fundamentally alter the nature or operation of the University’s programs, services, or activities,
- cause undue hardship to the University, or
- pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others.
The Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs works to provide accommodations for students through a confidential and supportive process.
- Students should be aware that accommodations are not retroactive. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide the appropriate reasonable accommodations, but certain accommodations may take time to coordinate.
- Students seeking disability support services should initiate the process by contacting the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. Because each person’s situation is unique, this initial conversation will determine the direction that the process will take. The Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs will talk to the student about documentation during the initial conversation.
- Students should provide documentation from a qualified, licensed professional appropriate to the nature of the disability and requested accommodations. See below for Documentation Guidelines.
- Records created by schools that the student has attended previously may also be helpful to the process of determining appropriate accommodations, including documents that reflect education and accommodation history, such as Individual Education Program (IEP), Summary of Performance (SOP), and teacher observations. These items do not serve replace documentation from the appropriate professional noted in the Documentation Guidelines.
- After talking with the student, reviewing any documentation that has been submitted, and consulting with faculty and staff members as necessary, the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs will identify reasonable accommodations. These accommodations and the supporting documentation are subject to regular review and modification.
- Appropriate faculty or staff members will be notified of established accommodations upon the request of the student to whom they apply. Information regarding a student’s specific diagnosis will only be shared with a faculty or staff member on a “need to know” basis, usually as it pertains to arranging accommodations.
- Requests for faculty notification must be made by the student each term (semester or module) by contacting the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and identifying the individuals to whom the notification of accommodations should be sent.
If documentation is needed for the process of determining accommodations, the student should request such documentation from the appropriate licensed professional who will provide supporting information. Documentation may be given to the student to submit, or it may be sent directly to the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at the address, fax number or e-mail address listed below.
Necessary documentation varies slightly based on the nature of the disability. Review our ADA Documentation Guide which provides information for the most common requested disabilities.
Further information about accommodations for students with disabilities may be obtained by contacting the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at 859.846.5390. Supporting documentation may be sent to the attention of the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs via email to: email@example.com; faxed to 859.846.5391; or mailed to: 512 E. Stephens Street, Midway, KY 40437.
Disability Testing Resources
Students who need testing or assistance with accommodations can contact one of these offices for psychological, cognitive and other testing.
- Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation | Central Office | 275 East Main Street | Mail Drop 2EK | Frankfort, KY 40621 | 800.372.7172 (V/TTY)
- They can perform testing of cognitive abilities, aptitude, personality, and adaptive functioning and can help with providing assistive technology.
- Although they are called Vocational Rehabilitation, they can perform testing for students wanting to attend college, and not only for job placement.
- Beaumont Behavioral Health | 1030 Monarch St | Lexington, KY 40513 | 859.296.3141
- They provide psychological assessment and take many insurance policies.
- Dr. Gina DeArth-Pendley (Midway University) | 859.846.5745 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. DeArth-Pendley is a licensed psychologist and provides free and confidential counseling to Midway students. She is able to provide limited testing to currently enrolled students during the academic year.
Request for Accommodations
If you have questions about student services and what is available, contact our Student Affairs Office at any time. 859.846.5390