Students with Disabilities

Extellent Professional Development Centers does not discriminate or deny access to otherwise qualified students on the basis of disability. Depending on their documentation, students with disabilities may be eligible for reasonable accommodations and/or special services in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Students with disabilities should review the procedure for requesting accommodations below. Students should request accommodations before the start of classes (preferably right after registration) to allow Student Disability Services time to review documentation and to make recommendations for appropriate accommodations. Students are responsible for completing this process in a timely manner. In some instances, recommended accommodations might not be allowable if doing so would modify course requirements considered essential to the certification. If a student is working with the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, please let us know at the time of request. Should questions or related issues arise, the student and instructor should work directly with SDS to find an appropriate resolution. Please contact Student Disability Services (SDS) at Extellent, sds@stedwards.edu or (512) 448-8561 with any questions.


Procedure

  • Submit the Extellent Professional Development Centers Accommodation Request Form and documentation of your disability to kendalls@stedwards.edu or fax to Kendall Swanson at 512-464-8830.
  • You will be contacted by email within 5 business days to discuss your request and possible accommodations.
  • If approved for accommodations, an official memo will be sent via email to the student, the sales representative in charge of your courses, and the administrative program coordinator. The Administrative Program Coordinator will coordinate accommodation efforts with your sales representative and your instructor.

Documentation Guidelines

Eligibility for reasonable and appropriate accommodations is based on current, comprehensive documentation of disability. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain and provide this information in a timely manner.

By sending the most comprehensive information possible, you will help us to avoid delays in the processing of your documentation. Documentation should provide a basic understanding of the individual’s disability and enough information to anticipate how the current impact of the disability is expected to interact with the structure of courses, testing methods, program requirements, etc.

These general guidelines are designed to assist you in working with your treating/diagnosing professional(s) to prepare documentation to evaluate your request for services.

A diagnostic statement identifying the disability. When appropriate, include International Classification of Diseases (ICD) or Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) codes, the date of the most recent evaluation, or the dates of evaluations performed by referring professionals.

Current functional impact of the condition(s). Please describe how this condition impacts their ability to complete a certification course. Also, indicate how the condition impairs any major life activities, such as concentrating, learning, sleeping, etc. (Please refer to Section 504 for a more complete list.)

Accommodations/auxiliary aids needed. Provide a description of necessary accommodations; please list them along with a clear rationale and related functional limitations. Any accommodations will be taken into consideration, but not automatically implemented.