Frequently Asked Questions
The Disability Accommodation Process at LIT
Single Parents, Displaced Homemakers, and Economically Disadvantaged Students
The Special Populations office offers services for students with diagnosed disabilities and offers referrals to surrounding community agencies for students who need other types of assistance.
The Special Populations office is located in the Eagles' Nest Room 129.
No, all services are free for Lamar Institute of Technology students.
Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act defines a disability as a physical impairment, which substantially limits one or major life activities, for ex: breathing, speaking, seeing, walking, learning, working or taking care of oneself. Even if others do not perceive you as having such impairment, you may have a disability. The key here is the term substantially limits. This means a person is restricted as to the condition or manner, or duration under which a major life activity can be performed, in comparison to the average person or to most people, or that a person cannot perform the activity at all.
Accommodations can be made for a physical and/or learning disability. A request for services must be made at least four weeks before the beginning of the semester. Appropriate documentation of a disability must be submitted before accommodations can be arranged. Services include, but are not limited to: career counseling/advising, interpreter services, note takers, scribes, specialized testing arrangements, registration assistance, mobility/accessibility accommodations, and procurement of assistive/adaptive equipment.
- Student must make an appointment with the Special Populations Coordinator (409) 839-2018.
- Student must provide a copy of testing, medical records, and /or letter from a physician which indicates a disability. If you are learning disabled you must supply test scores accompanied by a professional diagnosis. Documentation must be within the past five (5) years.
- Postsecondary institutions are only required to guarantee equal access, not equal outcomes.
- Accommodation memos will be printed out. It is the student’s responsibility to come by the Special Populations Office to pick up their memo.
- The Student must then personally deliver the memo to each of their instructors. It is best to do this during his or her office hours. Accommodations do not become effective until the instructor receives the memo.
- Steps 3, 4, and 5 must be done each semester that you require accommodations.
Follow steps 3, 4, and 5 on “How do I request disability services”
Hearing impaired students should contact the Communication Access Provider via email at least six weeks in advance so that the Communication Access Provider will have adequate time to locate a qualified interpreter.
Referral services are available to different agencies that may assist you with day care costs while you are attending Lamar Institute of Technology.
A Displaced Homemaker is an individual who is considered to be the homemaker of the family and is forced into the workplace due to divorce, death or injury of a spouse who was the income provider for the family. The Special Populations office regularly refers Displaced Homemakers to surrounding community agencies that can provide support services.
The Special Populations office works with surrounding community agencies on a regular basis. The Special Populations coordinator will help you locate an agency that will be able to help you with your need(s).