Students with documented disabilities who are otherwise qualified for programs at Saint Vincent College are eligible to receive reasonable academic accommodations in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
In order to be eligible for academic accommodations, students are required to submit the following documentation to the Director of Academic Accommodations: diagnosis of a specific disability (learning, medical, psychiatric); explanation of test results; limitations in an educational setting; and an explanation of recommended accommodations.
In accordance with a student’s documentation, reasonable accommodations may include:
- Distraction-limited test environment
- Extended test time
- Reader for exams
- Computer exam format
- Permission to electronically record lectures
- Alternate format for written material
Reasonable academic accommodations do not alter essential elements of courses, programs or activities. They are modifications which allow otherwise qualified individuals to have an equal opportunity in the classroom.
Guidance and support are offered to students in the following areas: study skills, time management, course scheduling, self-advocacy skills, peer tutoring, personal and career development and referrals for learning disability testing.
Assistive technology is also available to students with formal academic accommodations in the following areas:
- Dragon Naturally Speaking
Speech recognition software which enables students to dictate text in order to create written documents.
- Kurzweil 3000
Scanned written material or web-based information is read aloud in order to access printed course documents.
- Learning Ally
Audio textbooks available for students with print disabilities.
- Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)
The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry can provide funding for learning disability testing, tuition, adaptive equipment and other services. If you are a Pennsylvania resident, please call 1-800-762-4223 for more information and a referral to a local OVR counselor.
For more information, please contact the Director of Academic Accommodations, Ms. Marisa Carlson by email
or by phone at 724-805-2828.