Student eligibility process
Requesting accommodations from Disability Resources (DR) is a three-part process:
- Providing disability information or documentation
- Intake Interview
Step 1: Self-identify form
The first part of this process is to self-identify as a student with a disability requesting accommodations. Self-identify means the student recognizes they have a disability and would like to request accommodations. Student’s attending a post-secondary institution are responsible for identifying themselves to DR, as a person with a disability.
To begin this process, please review the instructions and information found in the self-identification process. Once you have become familiar with this process and are ready to begin, you may complete the self-identification form online. Please, if possible, attach your information/documentation to the Self-ID form when submitting.
*IMPORTANT: It may take up to four weeks to review and/or process your information/documentation. Freshman and new students are strongly encouraged to request accommodations from Disability Resources as early as possible prior to attending Northern Arizona University. Current students may request accommodations at any time but are encouraged to make their requests for accommodations as soon as they become aware of a need for one.
Step 2: Providing disability information/documentation
In order to evaluate accommodation and service requests, Disability Resources will need information about how your disability is likely to impact you here at Northern Arizona University. We want to understand the relevant impacts of your disability on tasks like communication, reading, writing, housing, technology, dining, the physical environment, classroom and laboratory and on line learning, etc. Information on the impacts of physical (mobility, dexterity, endurance, etc.), perceptual, cognitive (attention, distractibility, communication, etc.), and behavioral abilities may be helpful as well.
Any information/documentation students can readily share during or prior to the first meeting is helpful and can save the need for follow up meetings with Disability Resources. Disability Resources recognizes that barriers exist and can create hardship for students with regard to having and presenting third party disability documentation. Please don’t delay meeting with us out of concern for not having appropriate paperwork. If you have information or documentation you can submit it to Disability Resources by:
- bringing it to our office in Room 2050 at the Health and Learning Center
- emailing it to DR@nau.edu, fax it to 928-523-8747
- mail it to: Disability Resources, P.O. Box 5633, Flagstaff AZ 86011-5633
Disability Resources may ask for additional documentation concerning your disability and/or the need for accommodations. If such documentation is necessary, it will be limited to the need for the accommodation requested. We will consider any information, including but not limited to, your description of your needs; records of past accommodations and services from high school, another college, state or high stakes testing organization; formal psychological or medical evaluations, and letters from past health, education or service providers.
These general guidelines were developed to assist you and those in your support network to prepare this information so we can evaluate your request and make recommendations. If you have questions, please contact us at 928-523-8773 or DR@nau.edu.
Step 3: Intake interview
The Intake Interview is a critical step toward determining eligibility. Once a student has completed and submitted their Self-Identification form, a DR Specialist will call or email them to complete this interview. The purpose of the interview is to learn first-hand, from the student, what functional limitations students are experiencing and what accommodations they will need. This interactive process allows both the student and DR Specialist to work together to determine the most appropriate accommodations for that student.
The interview is not dependent on the receipt of information or documentation. This interview can be completed any time after a Self-Identification Form has been submitted.
Evaluation of eligibility
In order to be eligible for accommodations through Disability Resources, you must:
- Have a disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities that includes, but is not limited to, walking, talking, learning, hearing, or seeing.
- Have and provide current and appropriate information/documentation of such a disability, when necessary.
Within four weeks of completing the intake process, a letter will be emailed to your NAU email address regarding your eligibility status. This email with the attachment will also have further instructions about your next steps in the process for registering with DR.
As a service to prospective Northern Arizona University students, Disability Resources will review disability related information/documentation regardless of a prospective student’s admission status.
All information submitted to Northern Arizona University’s Disability Resources becomes part of a student’s “educational record” as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
The information contained from the student’s interview and in the information/documentation will be used to determine eligibility. Appropriate accommodations will be based upon a student’s disability and individual needs.