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, strives to meet the needs of our students with physical, psychological and/or learning disabilities. The following guidelines have been set by the Center for Academic and Career Engagement in accordance with national standards:
To ensure the provision of reasonable and appropriate services, students must present current and comprehensive documentation of their disability. Generally, documentation must not be more than three years old. The records kept in our office are strictly confidential. At a minimum, eligibility criteria for disability-related support services at Wagner College includes:
1. Verification of diagnosis and severity of disabling condition prepared by a qualified professional.
2. Detailed description of how this impediment significantly limits a major life activity in an educational setting.
For students with learning disabilities documentation should include a comprehensive diagnostic interview or consultation, a neuropsychological/psychoeducational evaluation, and treatment plan or academic recommendations. A report should include test scores and an interpretation of overall intelligence, information processing, executive functioning, spatial ability, memory, motor ability, achievement skills, reading (rate, comprehension, and decoding,) writing, and mathematics, as well as a specific diagnosis and description of the students functional limitations in an educational setting. The evaluation should be conducted by a qualified professional (i.e.-licensed psychologist, school psychologist, neuropsychologist or psychoeducational specialist) with experience working with academically competent students and the adult population.
The four criteria necessary to establish a student's eligibility for learning disability accommodations are:
1. Average or above average intelligence as measured by a standardized intelligence test which includes assessment of verbal and nonverbal abilities
2. The presence of a cognitive-achievement discrepancy indicated by a score on a standardized test of achievement which is 1.5 standard deviations or more below the level corresponding to students sub-scale or full-scale IQ
3. The presence of disorders in cognitive or sensory processing such as those related to memory, language, or attention
4. An absence of other primal causal factors leading to achievement below expectation, such as visual or auditory disabilities, emotional or behavioral disorders, a lack of opportunity to learn due to cultural or socioeconomic circumstances, or deficiencies in intellectual ability.
The assessment must provide 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, then it is incumbent on the student to obtain supplemental testing or assessment at the student's expense.
If the College requires an additional assessment for purposes of obtaining a second professional opinion, a Wagner College Counseling Services professional may make a referral.
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 students opportunities at the post-secondary level.
For students with psychological or attentional disorders, documentation should include a diagnosis and information from which the diagnosis was made, a description of the students 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 students functional limitations in an educational setting. Documentation should be provided by a qualified medical professional.
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 email@example.com.
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
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. Students may be referred for additional services including diagnostic testing , and /or tutoring.
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.
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
To make an appointment for training in Kurzweil or Dragon Naturally Speaking, please contact Associate Dean Dina Assante at 718-390-3278.
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:
Medical Housing Accommodation Request – To be completed by student
Medical 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
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:
Severity of the Condition
Is impact of the condition life threatening if the request is not met?
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?
What is the likely impact on social development if the request is not met?
Flexibility and Availability
Is space available that meets the student’s needs?
Is the student in Greek or themed community housing? If so, can the requested configuration be met within that area?
Can space be adapted to provide the requested configuration without creating a safety hazard (electrical load, emergency egress, etc.)?
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.
Please print this form and give it to your health care provider. They should return the completed form to Disability Services at Wagner College.
Medical Housing Accommodation - Documentation Form
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.