Carolyn S. Walker, Coordinator
Sale Hall Annex
830 Westview Dr.,SW
Atlanta, GA 30314
The Disability Services Office (DSO) exists to ensure that all students with disabilities have equal access to educational opportunities at Morehouse College. We offer a wide range of services, accommodations, and auxiliary services for students with disabilities. These services are individually designed, and based on the specific needs of each student as identified by the Coordinator of Disability Services and/or Disability Services Advocate from review of the student's submitted documentation.
The Disability Services Office serves students with disabilities of all kinds, including mobility, visual, speech and hearing impairments; chronic illnesses such as, diabetes and asthma; seizure disorders; head injuries; painful conditions such as back injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome; psychological disabilities such as bipolar disorder and severe anxiety or depression; neurological disorders: attention deficit disorder; and learning disabilities.
Recommendations for academic accommodations are generally listed in the documentation presented by students from their doctors. The Disability Services Advocate determines which accommodations are appropriate and consistent with the student's particular disability. Following are some of the more commonly-prescribed accommodations:
- A student is permitted to make audio-recordings of class lectures.
- A student is given extended time on examinations.
- A student is furnished with copies of examinations in large-print format.
- A student is allowed to use a calculator during examinations.
- A student is allowed to use a laptop computer during examinations.
- A student is not penalized for mechanical errors on in-class writing assignments and examinations.
- The instructor uses alternative testing formats for the student's exams: For example, oral rather than written, short-answer rather than multiple-choice (or vice versa), or essay rather than multiple-choice.
- The Disability Services Advocate may recommend a reduced course load (for a single semester or for a student's entire academic career) when the student's disability makes it necessary to work more slowly and spend more time on each course.
- The Coordinator works with the Financial Aid Office to protect the student's award from being impacted by taking a reduced course load.
- Occasionally a student's disability necessitates an adjustment in required courses. The Disability Services Advocate determines whether learning disabilities will prevent the student's mastery of course material in mathematics or foreign languages. If so, the Advocate advises the student about the procedures to be followed in seeking adjustments.
- Morehouse College is not required to make any retroactive accommodations.
- It is the responsibility of the student with a disability to self-identify.
- The student must inform the Disability Services Office that he has a disability and needs an accommodation in order to be protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504. Thus,
- Morehouse College's responsibility begins upon notification by the student through the DSO, and the DSO must have received appropriate documentation of a disability that justifies the requested accommodation for equal opportunity.
Review of the psycho-educational evaluation and/or the physician's report determines which auxiliary services are appropriate to a student's particular disability and which accommodations are accorded. The following are some of the more common types of services:
- Laboratory Assistant
- Sign Language Interpreting
The DSO assists students in identifying assistive technology products that help to offset the effects of their physical or cognitive difficulties, impairments, and disabilities. Some of the most commonly used are: Audio books, text and screen readers, screen enlargers, speech recognition software and tape recorders.
Compensatory Techniques and Coping Strategies
The DSO helps students understand their learning strengths and weaknesses, explains how their disabilities may affect their performance in courses, chosen careers, or social settings, and teaches students compensatory strategies to improve their chances at success in life.
Housing allots a certain number of spaces within the residence halls. These spaces can be used to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities. In order to use one of the allotted spaces, a student must provide DSO with documentation of a disability-related need for special housing.
The DSO works with students in developing problem-solving strategies and solutions to difficult problems. The DSO teaches self-advocacy.
Each semester DSO offers a series of informational workshops on topics like individual learning styles; improving study skills, managing your time, enhancing your memory and preparing for a test. These workshops are announced through NSO, CASA, via email and on signs posted throughout campus.