Disability Services

Mission Statement

Our goal is to encourage Wagner students to become independent learners, to take advantage of campus services and to engage in all phases of campus life.  We are committed to providing support and reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities to ensure that they can develop to their full potential. In our effort to provide timely support to our students, these webpages are continually updated.

Policies and Procedures

Wagner College in compliance with Federal guidelines is committed to providing accommodations and services to students with disabilities in order to ensure a comprehensively accessible learning experience where individuals with disabilities have the same access to programs, opportunities and activities as all others. We engage in an interactive process with each student and review requests for accommodations on a case-by-case basis. In determining reasonable accommodations, we consider each student’s condition(s), history, experience, and request.

Eligibility for Services

Center for Academic and Career Engagement (CACE)
Location: Union, 3rd Floor   Phone: 718-390-3278


Eligibility for Services: While students are a vital source of information, we also request information from other sources in order to establish a disability and the impact it has on living and/or learning in a postsecondary environment.. The records kept in Disability Services at the Center for Academic and Career Engagement office are strictly confidential. Eligibility criteria for disability related  support services at Wagner College includes:

The following guidelines are provided to assist students, physicians or other medical professionals, in identifying the type of information and documentation that will inform the process of determining reasonable and appropriate accommodations. The Disability Verification Form to be completed by a licensed practitioner can be found here: Disability-Verification-Form-.pdf.


General Information

  • Students are encouraged to submit any prior assessments and/or evaluative reports conducted by evaluators, physicians, medical professionals, etc., which may assist in determining appropriate accommodations. Documentation should be current and relevant to the requested accommodations.
  • While a Summary of Performance (SOP), Individualized Education Program (IEP) and/or 504 Plan provide helpful information, these documents alone may not provide sufficient information to determine appropriate accommodations in the postsecondary environment.
  • Reasonable accommodations are determined on a case by case basis, considering the nature of the condition(s) and resulting impact in the postsecondary environment. A student’s program of study and the courses a student is enrolled will also inform the types of accommodations that are appropriate.
  • Prior receipt of accommodations (e.g., in high school or in another University setting) will inform the process of determining appropriate accommodations at Wagner College however, they do not guarantee receipt of the same accommodations.
  • While the law requires that priority consideration be given to the specific methods requested, it does not imply that a particular accommodation must be granted if it is deemed not reasonable or other suitable methods are available.
  • Professionals (e.g., physicians or other medical professionals) conducting assessment, rendering diagnoses of specific conditions and making recommendations for appropriate accommodations must be qualified to do so.

Guidelines

We engage in an interactive process with each student and review requests for accommodations on a case-by-case basis. While students are a vital source of information, in order to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations, we may request information from other sources in order to establish a disability and the impact it has on living and/or learning in a postsecondary environment.

Documentation should include data that supports the request for any academic accommodations.  In the event that a student requests an academic accommodation that is not supported by the data in the assessment or if the initial verification is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability, the student may be asked to obtain additional information to support the request. The primary goal of documentation, in addition to establishing qualified status, is to address how the impairment significantly limits the essential life functioning of learning, how the student can utilize his or her strengths, and what academic accommodations would be effective in equalizing each student’s opportunities at the postsecondary level. For students with psychological or attention disorders, documentation should include a diagnosis and information from which the diagnosis was made, a description of the student’s functional limitations in an educational setting, the severity and longevity of the condition, a description of the effectiveness of current treatment, and recommendations for additional  treatment/assistance. The evaluation must be conducted by a qualified professional (i.e. psychiatrist for ADHD, psychologist or psychiatrist for other psychological disorders). For students with physical disabilities, documentation should include a diagnosis and a description of the student’s functional limitations in an educational setting and be provided by a qualified Medical professional. You can find the Disability Verification Form here.

To ensure that needs are met, students must register with Disability Services at the Center for Academic and Career Engagement upon enrollment and at the start of each term for which they are requesting services. A student must make a specific  request for services or accommodations and are not retroactive. The Associate Dean will authorize the needed accommodations. The College will make determinations on an individual, case by case basis regarding its provision of services to ensure that  students are not subject to discrimination on the basis of disability. Please understand that this process is interactive and we need a reasonable amount of time to evaluate the documentation, review the request, and make a determination. Based on eligibility, the following services are provided, but not limited to:

  • advocacy
  • testing accommodations: proctors, extended time in a separate, distraction-reduced room
  • specialized advising and skills instruction
  • priority registration and advising assistance
  • provision of information to professors
  • paid membership in Learning Ally, Bookshare
  • Assistive technology such as Kurzweill, CCTV, Smart Pen, JAWS
  • referrals

College personnel are available to discuss a range of disability management issues such as course load, learning strategies, academic accommodations, and referral to campus and community resources.

The student has the right to file an appeal concerning any allegations of failure to comply with laws, regulations and policies set forth for students with disabilities at Wagner College. A student wishing to file a complaint may do so in writing to the Office of the Provost located in the Union Building.

For additional information or questions regarding this policy, please contact Dina Assante, Associate Dean, Center for  Academic and Career Engagement , at (718) 390-3278, or by e-mail at dassante@wagner.edu.

Services Available

Depending on Documentation the following services are provided, but not limited to:

  • Advocacy to college administration
  • Testing accommodations, including proctors and/or extended time in a separate, distraction-reduced room.
  • Learning disabilities-related advisement
  • Preferential registration and advisement
  • Provision of information to professors
  • Paid membership in Learning Ally (formerly RFB&D)
  • Assistive technology
  • Referrals

College personnel are available to discuss a range of disability management issues such as course load, learning strategies, academic accommodations, and referral to campus and community resources.


The student has the right to file an appeal concerning any allegations of failure to comply with laws, regulations and policies set forth for students with disabilities at Wagner College. A student wishing to file a complaint may do so in writing to the Office of the Provost located in the Union Building.


Assistive Technology

The Office of Disabled Student Services provides the following assistive technology for students with sensory, memory, or learning challenges:


Zoom Text–   Software that is helpful for those with low vision by allowing the user to magnify everything viewed on a computer, including icons, text, and web pages.   It will also read the text it magnifies.


Kurzweil-  Serves all patrons with any sensory or learning challenges.  Kurzweil software can scan print materials and “read”  scanned images, text files, or PDF documents aloud.  This advanced software also allows users to save readings as MP3 files which can be downloaded to your iPod or other MP3 player for reading anywhere.


Dolphin Easy Reader- Will read audio books aloud.  Any books (including textbooks) recorded by the national non-profit agency Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic can be played on the system.


Dragon Naturally Speaking-Useful for users with dysgraphia or mobility challenges.  This advanced voice recognition software allows users to dictate to the computer and the system will type your dictation.


Hands Free Mouse-Assists users with mobility challenges in using computer software.


CCTV – available in the Horrman Library


Livescribe Smart Pen


JAWS – Available in the Horrman Library and the Computer Center.


To make an appointment for training in Kurzweil or Dragon Naturally Speaking, please contact Associate Dean Dina Assante at 718-390-3278.

Student Request Form for Testing Accommodation

Student Request Form for Testing Accommodations

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Medical Housing Accommodation Policy

Wagner College recognizes that residence hall living is integral to a college experience.  Accordingly, we recognize that students with disabilities may require a specific type of housing to fully participate in the residential component of the college experience. For students with documented disabilities, Wagner College will make every effort to provide reasonable disability housing accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended (ADAAA).  A disability is defined under the ADAAA as any mental or physical impairment that substantially limits the individual in a major life activity compared to the average person. Wagner College has established the following procedures to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to residential housing.

Process for Requesting Medical Housing Accommodation:  A complete medical housing request includes all three forms listed below. Incomplete requests cannot be considered. Only applications that represent a qualifying disability will be considered for medical accommodation.

Forms that need to be completed:

  • Housing Accommodation Request – To be completed by student
  • Housing Accommodation Documentation Form – To be completed by licensed medical professional

 

Requests should be submitted before the published deadlines so that accommodations can be taken into account during the fall and spring room assignment processes. The Medical Housing Committee, comprised of representatives from the Center for Health and Wellness, Disability Services, and Residential Education, will meet once during winter break and twice during summer break to review requests. Students will be notified via campus email of the committee’s recommendation. Should medical concerns arise during the course of the semester, the committee will convene to review these requests as necessary.

A note on Medical Singles: Please note that the availability of single rooms is extremely limited. Medical singles are only granted in cases where the student would be unable to participate in Campus Housing if they did not receive approval for a single room. There is no additional cost to students approved for Medical Singles; students will be charged the double-room occupancy rate for that academic year.

 

Documentation Guidelines: The College requires documentation from a licensed healthcare provider that describes the student’s disability and supports the request for Medical Housing Accommodation. The healthcare provider should not be related to the student. Staff from the Wagner College Center for Health and Wellness should also not complete the documentation form, as they sit on the Medical Housing Accommodation Committee.

Documentation must be:

  • Recent (within a year of the request); and
  • Sufficient to establish a direct link between the documented disability and the requested housing accommodation.

The following documents are not considered acceptable forms of documentation:

 

  • Letter from a health care provider that does not include Medical Housing Accommodation Documentation Form
  • Handwritten patient records or notes from patient charts
  • Diagnoses on prescription pads
  • Self-evaluation found on the internet or any print publication
  • Research articles
  • Incomplete documentation form
  • Any other documentation that the committee deems insufficient to substantiate the request

Factors considered when evaluating requests: The submitted request and supporting documentation are reviewed carefully on a case-by-case basis using the following criteria:

  1. Severity of the Condition
    1. Is impact of the condition life threatening if the request is not met?
    2. Is there a negative health impact that may be permanent if the request is not met?
      Is the request an integral component of a treatment plan for the condition in question?
      What is the likely impact on academic performance if the request is not met?
    3. What is the likely impact on social development if the request is not met?

 

  1. Flexibility and Availability
    1. Is space available that meets the student’s needs?
    2. Is the student in Greek or themed community housing? If so, can the requested configuration be met within that area?
    3. Can space be adapted to provide the requested configuration without creating a safety hazard (electrical load, emergency egress, etc.)?
    4. Are there other effective methods or housing configurations that would achieve similar benefits as the requested configuration?

A follow-up conversation with the treating professional by a member of the Center for Health and Wellness staff may be necessary.

Housing Accommodation Request Form

Housing Accommodation Request Form

  • This form should be completed by the student! In order to request a Housing Accommodation, the additional documentation form is required for the application to be processed.

  • Section I: Demographic Information

  • Section II: Accommodation Request Information

  • If you currently have a medical housing accommodation and are renewing your application, you may need to have a physician complete the Medical Housing Accommodation Documentation Form. If you are submitting a new application for a medical housing accommodation, please make sure your physician completes the Medical Housing Accommodation Documentation form in order for your request to be reviewed.
  • Section III: Final Review & Submission

    Please review and initial the following statements:
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Housing Accommodation Documentation Form

Please have your documentation submitted by a licensed medical professional.

Housing Accommodation Documentation Form

 

Service & Support Animal Policy

Service Animal Policy  

At Wagner College, we are committed to ensuring that students with disabilities have equal access to our programs and services. Accordingly, it is essential for us to recognize the importance of service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments  (ADAAA)  which are trained to help disabled persons do work or carry out certain tasks that benefit the individual and develop a policy that allows us to better serve students who need help to utilize the services of such animals.  This policy will ensure the rights of persons with disabilities who require the use of a service animal on campus to facilitate their full participation and equal access to the college’s programs and services.   The foundation of this policy is to promote equal access in a non-discriminatory manner and to support the principle that individuals with disabilities be provided equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from support and services at Wagner College

  1. Definitions

Service animals

“Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Service dogs are permitted  in all areas of a place of public accommodation. This includes any private residence space assigned to the student. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or  emotional support  do not qualify  as service animals under the ADA.” (ADA,Title II and Title III Revised Requirements)

Service animals include guide dogs, signal dogs, or other animals individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. Such activities may include, but are not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing to intruders or sounds, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items. Besides being permitted to bring their service dogs to their assigned residence spaces, students with service dogs should be permitted to bring their service dog to all areas of a place of public accommodation.

It should be noted that the college is permitted limited inquiries regarding service animals.  The permitted questions are:

  • Is the animal required because of a disability ?
  • What work or tasks has the animal been trained to perform?

Service animals are welcome in most parts of the College.   Owners (including faculty/employees or family members) planning to bring Service Animals to reside in college housing are asked to notify Disability Services  and The Office of Residential Education  to allow the College to properly accommodate their animals and appropriately consider the needs of other residents who may suffer from allergies or otherwise need to limit contact with animals.

Support  Animals

Support  animals are animals that provide emotional support , therapeutic benefits , comfort or  promote emotional well-being.

According to the Fair Housing Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, students with disabilities may request to keep support  animals in their residence as a reasonable accommodation as long as  there is compelling evidence to support that the animal is necessary to give the individual an equal opportunity to use and enjoy their dwelling or participate in the housing program. There must be a relationship or a nexus between the disability and the support  that the animal provides to the individual. Some support  animals are professionally trained, others may be trained by their owners, while some are  not trained at all. The essential function of  the animal must be that it  provides the needed benefit for its owner. Since a support animal, unlike a service animal, does not assist a person with a disability with his or her  daily physical activities, the animal does not accompany a person with a disability at all times. Support animals are not allowed in classrooms, administrative offices,dining halls, athletic facilities or any other non-residential facilities.

Besides serving the functions outlined above, (1) all animals must be licensed in accordance with city regulations and, if appropriate, must wear a valid vaccination tag. (2) They must have an annual clean bill of health from a licensed veterinarian. (3) The owner of the support  animal,  must be in full control of the animal at all times. (4) The animal owner is responsible for the appropriate management of his or her animal in all college facilities, including appropriate waste clean-up. (5) Certain aggressive/ disruptive behavior on the part of the animal may result in the owner being asked to remove the animal from the college.

Each request will be considered on a case by case basis collaboratively by the Dean of Campus Life, Associate Dean of CACE, the Assistant Dean of Health and Wellness and the Director of Residential Education or their designee.

Upon approval of the request, the Director  of Residential Education will make a housing assignment in a suitable residence in a hall designated as “animal compatible.”

By developing a policy that aims to benefit students who need the assistance of service or  support animals, we are making a good faith effort to not only benefit our students but be in compliance with the relevant mandates of disability laws (i.e. ADA, ADAAA, FHA and Section 504).

Students have the right to appeal the decision of the Committee by contacting the Office of the Dean of Campus Life.

Pet

A pet, an animal kept for ordinary use and companionship, is not considered a Service Animal or an Assistance Animal.

 

Forms that need to be submitted for Approval of Support  Animals in Wagner College Housing

  1. Disability  Housing Accommodation Request – to be completed by the student .
  2. Disability  Request For Information Re: Support  Animal  – to be completed by a licensed medical professional.

Documentation of the need for a Support Animal should follow the Medical Housing Documentation Guidelines and should generally include the following information:

  1. Verification of the individual’s disability from a licensed physician,psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker or other mental health provider.
  2. A statement on how the need for the animal relates to the ability of the resident/student to use and enjoy the living arrangements provided by the college
  1. Owner’s Responsibilities for Students with Service or Support Animals in Wagner College Housing

No extra deposit will be collected for residents approved to have a service or support animal on campus, however the residents must follow the following :

  1. The Owner is responsible for making sure activities of the residence/other residents are not disrupted due to issues relating to their animal.
  2. The Owner is financially responsible for all actions of their animal, including bodily injury or property damage, and is expected to cover these costs at the time of repair and/or move-out.
  3. The Owner is responsible for any expenses incurred for cleaning “above and beyond” the standard cleaning of their residence once vacated.
  4. If the Approved Animal is no longer needed as approved, Disability Services must be notified. Also, to replace an Approved Animal the owner must file a new request.
  5. All roommates or suitemates of the owner must sign an agreement allowing the Approved animal to be in residence with them. If they do not, further action will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  1. The college may relocate the student and service or comfort animal if necessary to accommodate other residents with medical condition(s) who are affected by animals,or in other circumstances as deemed appropriate .
  2. Service Animals may travel freely with their owner throughout campus housing and other areas of the College. Owners should carry proof that their animals are approved.
  3.  Animals may not be left overnight in Campus housing to be cared for by another student.
  4. The Owner agrees to continue to abide by all residential policies.
  5. Any violation of the above rules may result in immediate removal of the animal from the College.
  6. If it is the case that the approved animal be removed from the premises for any reason, the owner is still expected to fulfill his/her contractual housing obligations.
  7. The owner must re-apply each year to have a service or support animal on campus.

III. Animal Health and Well-being

  1. The animal must be immunized against diseases common to that type of animal In accordance with local ordinances and regulations.
  2. Animals, other than cats and dogs, to be housed in campus housing must have an annual clean bill of health from a licensed veterinarian. The College has authority to direct that the animal receive veterinary attention. (Local licensing law is followed.)
  1. The College reserves the right to request documentation showing that the animal has been licensed and meets required local health codes( vaccinations,registration when appropriate) must be presented before the animal is brought to campus. Dogs must have current vaccination
  2. All service animals must be properly trained.
  3. If appropriate the animal must be on a leash (unless the leash would inhibit the animal’s ability to be of service).
  4.  Disability Services may place other reasonable conditions or restrictions on the animals depending on the nature and characteristics of the animal.

Removal of Approved Animal

The College may exclude/remove an approved animal when:

  1. the animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others
  2. the animal’s presence results in a fundamental alteration of the College’s program,
  3. the owner does not comply with their responsibilities as approved animal owners
  4. the animal creates an unmanageable disturbance with the Wagner College community.<

Areas Off Limits to Service Animals

The College reserves the right to prohibit the use of service animals in certain locations on campus because of health and safety restrictions, where the animals may be in danger, or where their use may affect academic programs. Exceptions to restricted areas may be granted on a case-by-case basis.

Support Animal Request Form

Support Animal Request Form

  • This form should be completed by the student! In order to request a Support Animal, the additional documentation form is required for the application to be processed.

  • Section I: Demographic Information

  • Section II: Accommodation Request Information

  • If you currently have a medical housing accommodation and are renewing your application, you may need to have a physician complete the Medical Housing Accommodation Documentation Form. If you are submitting a new application for a medical housing accommodation, please make sure your physician completes the Service & Support Animal Information Request form in order for your request to be reviewed.
  • Section III: Final Review & Submission

    Please review and initial the following statements:
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Request for Information regarding Support Animal

Please print this form and give it to your health care provider. They should return the completed form to Disability Services at Wagner College.

 

Request for Information- Licensed Medical Professional

Requests for Services

To ensure that needs are met, students must register with the Center for Academic and Career Engagement upon enrollment and at the start of each term for which they are requesting services. A student must make a specific request for services or accommodations. Based upon the documentation, the Associate Dean of Academic and Career  Engagement will authorize the needed accommodations. The College will make determinations on an individual basis regarding its provision of services to ensure that students are not subject to discrimination on the basis of disability. Please understand that we need a reasonable amount of time to evaluate the documentation, review the request, and make a determination.


The Center for Academic and Career Engagement  is located on the 3rd floor of the Union Building.  Contact us at (718) 390-3181 to schedule an appointment with Dina Assante, Associate Dean of Disability Services.

 

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