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Students with Disabilities



Disability Services Portal
Link: elbert.accessiblelearning.com/Ensign/

Forms
Any needed forms can be found here
FAQ
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    What is considered a disability?
    What is considered a disability?

    Any physical, mental health, or learning impairment that limits a major life activity.

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    How can I receive accommodations?
    How can I receive accommodations?

    If it’s your first time requesting accommodations at Ensign College, follow the following steps:

    1. Log-on to the Disability Services portal and complete the application found there.
    2. Upload documentation of disability to the portal. Sources of documentation may include:
      • Medical records
      • Psychological evaluation
      • IEP or 504 Plan
      • Documentation from another college/university
      • The Documentation of Disability Form (form available on Ensign Disability Services website)
    3. Contact Disability Services to set up an intake appointment.
    4. Attend the appointment and meet with disability services representative to go over paperwork and to discuss potential accommodations.
    5. Disability services representative will update online portal with accommodations you are eligible for.
    6. Log back in to the portal to send letters to your teachers.
    7. Talk with teachers to ensure they’ve seen the letter and discuss how the accommodations will work in their classroom.
    8. Remember that each semester, you need to request letters be sent to your new teachers if you want that. Log back on to the portal each semester to make sure that happens.
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    What can disability services do for me?
    What can disability services do for me?

    Disability services provides students with disabilities equal access to all opportunities at Ensign College. Disability services provides disability-related academic accommodations. At the very least, the disability services can provide a supportive environment where you can discuss your concerns with a qualified coordinator and receive some direction.

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    What accommodations are available to me?
    What accommodations are available to me?

    Reasonable accommodations are considered on an individual basis determined on the clinical information and diagnosis and by an interactive dialogue between you and a representative from disability services.

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    Do I have to pay for my accommodations?
    Do I have to pay for my accommodations?

    No. The College provides reasonable accommodations to eligible students with disabilities at no charge.

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    Do my instructors know what my specific disability is?
    Do my instructors know what my specific disability is?

    No. The letters the faculty receive strictly talk about your accommodations. You may disclose your disability if you would like to, but you are not required to.

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    Do I have to request accommodations if I have a disability?
    Do I have to request accommodations if I have a disability?

    No. You only have to request accommodations if you want to use them in your studies. Accommodations will not be suggested or offered unless you identify yourself as a student with a disability and request them.

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    Should I make an appointment with disability services even if I’m not sure I have a disability?
    Should I make an appointment with disability services even if I’m not sure I have a disability?

    If you suspect you may have a disability but are unsure, you are welcome to make an appointment to discuss your situation. If your situation has never been assessed or if you need further evaluation, we can often help by referring you to community resources as appropriate and potentially setting up temporary accommodations as you get assessed.

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    If I am receiving accommodations at another college or university, will I automatically receive accommodations at Ensign College?
    If I am receiving accommodations at another college or university, will I automatically receive accommodations at Ensign College?

    Not necessarily, as differences in procedures and documentation requirements may vary from one institution to the next. Given this, we cannot guarantee that accommodations/accommodations in place prior to attending Ensign College will automatically be available. However, we are committed to giving full consideration when evaluating specific disability-related requests.

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    What documentation does disability services need?
    What documentation does disability services need?

    The type of documentation needed depends on the nature of disability. Documentation needs to be provided by a qualified professional authorized to diagnosis the disability. For mental health disorders, this typically includes physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists/counselors, or social workers. For physical health disorders, this typically includes documentation from a physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, neurologist, or other qualified professionals. For visual disabilities, qualified professionals include physicians, ophthalmologists, and optometrists. For hearing disabilities, qualified professionals include physicians and audiologists.

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    What if I need to make changes to my accommodations?
    What if I need to make changes to my accommodations?

    Accommodations can be modified over time as disability-related symptoms changes or unanticipated academic demands arise in a new semester. Contact the disability services to schedule an appointment to begin the process.

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    How do I let my professors know about my accommodations?
    How do I let my professors know about my accommodations?

    Request for letters of accommodation must be made each new semester or term. Your teachers will receive an accommodation letter and you should discuss with them how it will work in their class.

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    Are accommodations retroactive?
    Are accommodations retroactive?

    No. Accommodations begin when you give your teachers receive accommodation letter and they are not required to grant the accommodations retroactively (though they may choose to). It is important to make sure you request the accommodations letters be sent to your teachers as soon as possible.

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    What services are offered for temporary medical conditions?
    What services are offered for temporary medical conditions?

    Temporary medical conditions such as broken limbs, surgery, flu, and pregnancy are not usually considered disabilities and students should work directly with their faculty. Faculty have the right and responsibility to determine what is reasonable adjustments for students in the case of temporary injury or illness. In the event that questions arise as to what is reasonable, the program chair and disability services office can assist with recommendations for assistance.

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    What can I expect if I contact disability services?
    What can I expect if I contact disability services?

    If you contact disability services and would like to meet with a coordinator, you’ll first be asked to fill out an online intake form . After you’ve filled out the intake form, contact disability services (disabilityservices@ensign.com ; (801) 524-1936; or on the 9th floor of the college) to schedule an intake appointment. Once you are scheduled, you simply go to disability services at the day and time of your appointment.

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    What is a first appointment like?
    What is a first appointment like?

    The disability coordinator will take time to get to know your background and concerns and review any documentation, if you have any. Based on your concerns and/or your documentation, your coordinator will try to provide you with services. Appointments typically last no longer than 60 minutes.

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    What accommodations will I receive?
    What accommodations will I receive?

    Accommodations are determined case-by-case based on the documentation and the nature of the disability. In all cases, accommodations will not be given if they alter the essential elements of a course.

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    If I received 504 accommodations or had an IEP in high school, will the same accommodations be provided?
    If I received 504 accommodations or had an IEP in high school, will the same accommodations be provided?

    Not necessarily. Accommodations in K-12 are geared towards success, and accommodations in higher education are about access. Some accommodations that may have been appropriate in K-12 may not be appropriate in college.

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    If I had a 504 in high school, do I automatically get accommodations at Ensign College?
    If I had a 504 in high school, do I automatically get accommodations at Ensign College?

    No. You must contact disability services and go through the process to see what accommodations qualify for.

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    How will I notify my teachers about my need for accommodations?
    How will I notify my teachers about my need for accommodations?

    You will be able to request electronic letters to be sent to your teachers through our online portal each semester. Teachers will not automatically receive these just because you register with disability services.

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    Will people know if I visit disability services?
    Will people know if I visit disability services?

    Aside from our staff, your visit to disability services will be kept confidential. Information regarding your diagnosis, symptoms, and disability-related history will not be disclosed to your teachers or other faculty or staff without your permission. Letters of accommodation (which are forwarded electronically by each student to their teachers) do include information regarding the specific accommodations that have been granted and a statement about your rights to receive accommodations. Information about your disability will not show up on your academic transcript, nor will it be provided to any future employer without your permission.

    With regard to individual meetings with coordinators, it should be noted that there are a few rare situations (e.g., situations in which an individual is in grave danger) in which a disability coordinator may be bound by laws to break confidentiality in order to ensure the safety of the student or another person. If you have concerns about this, please bring them up with your coordinator during any appointment.

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    Are there walk-in appointments available?
    Are there walk-in appointments available?

    Feel free to stop by and check, but it is recommended to book an appointment.

Taking notes in class
Volunteer Note Takers
Students in your classes may need help taking notes!

If your instructor has made an announcement or you’ve received an e-mail looking for a peer notetaker, there is a student in your course who needs someone who can share lecture notes. Peer notetakers are able to share their notes with students who are unable to take fast and quality notes in their courses and need a way to review and study the lecture material.

If you would like to volunteer in this meaningful way, please sign up below!

What do I get out of note taking?

  • You are supporting your classmates and building our college community
  • Taking notes for others improves your own notes
  • An additional motivation to attend and engage in classes
  • A great way to serve and volunteer

New to note taking?

  • Fill out the application form online
  • We will notify you if you are matched to take notes in a class

Already Signed Up as a note taker?

  • Log in to our online portal
  • Update your classes
  • We will notify you if you are matched to take notes in a class
  • If you are matched, upload your notes to the portal
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