Apply for Accommodation Online
The Goldman Office of Disability Services (ODS) has a process in place for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who wish to be considered for reasonable accommodations which are listed below.
Determination of accommodations can be an involved and lengthy process; therefore, students are encouraged to begin the registration process and submit required documentation as soon as possible. For incoming, fall semester students, this should be done during the spring or summer before arriving on campus. For current students, this should be done as early into a semester as possible.
Only complete applications will be considered for review. Students who submit documentation that is incomplete or does not follow the documentation guidelines will be asked to submit documentation that is in accordance with the guidelines. This will delay the determination of accommodations.
The Application Process
- Complete the Request for Accommodations form (link below). Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing.
- Read and acknowledge the Confidentiality Statement included in the form.
Note: The Goldman Office of Disability Services is committed to protecting the confidentiality of student records in our possession. We retain student records in compliance with both state and federal law, in particular with the Family Education Right and Privacy Act (FERPA).
- Submit appropriate documentation. Students requesting services and accommodations are required to submit current and substantial documentation to verify eligibility under Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To assist students in assembling appropriate documentation, ODS has developed documentation guidelines:
Carefully read the guidelines applicable to your disability or disabilities, as you are responsible for submitting documentation that complies with these guidelines. We recommend providing a copy of the guidelines to your qualified professional before the preparation of your documentation. If a student and/or qualified professional wishes to discuss the documentation guidelines, he or she can call ODS at (504) 862-8433.
All documentation must be completed by a qualified professional. A "qualified professional" is defined as a licensed physical or mental health care provider who has had extensive training in the field related to the student's disability. This would include a licensed physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical or educational psychologist, school psychologist, neuropsychologist, or a learning disability specialist with the license to diagnose according to the DSM-IV/DSM-IV-TR. Regardless of professional background, it is not appropriate for the evaluation to be done by a member of the student's immediate or extended family. Also note that it is the student's responsibility to pay all costs involved in obtaining evaluations and documentation of a disability.
Documentation may be submitted via e-mail, fax, or postal delivery:
Goldman Office of Disability Services
6823 St. Charles Avenue
Science & Engineering Lab Complex, Building 14
New Orleans, LA 70118-5698
- You will be contacted by ODS staff with the results of your file review. You are welcome to phone ODS and check the progress of a file review, but be assured that we will contact you as soon as the review is complete. All decisions regarding accommodations will be delivered to the student in writing during an appointment or by mail at the address you provide on the form.
- If any accommodations are granted, you must make an appointment to meet in person with an ODS staff member. At this time, you will be given an intake interview, provided with information regarding the effective use of your accommodations, and asked to fill out brief additional paperwork. Until you go through the ODS intake process, accommodations are not considered active.
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