Available Services for Students

General Guidelines & Services

Students with Learning Disabilities

Eligibility for academic accommodations and related services for students with learning disabilities are coordinated by the Director and staff of the Office of Learning Services. Initial screening assessments for students who would like to determine if a learning disability exists should make an appointment. Students are made eligible for services on an individualized basis. Services may include but are not limited to academic accommodations, auxiliary aids, housing, etc. such as the following:

  • Individualized academic skills assistance*
  • Distraction-reduced testing
  • Extended testing time
  • Out of class testing
  • Note-takers
  • Assistive technology
  • Recorded lectures
  • Early Registration
  • Learning Disability Screenings
  • Coaching for students with ADHD
  • Social Skills coaching for students with Autism & Asperger's Disorder
  • Advocacy with faculty and staff

Students with Learning Disabilities

*Individualized academic skills assistance is provided to students with learning disabilities, including those with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Areas of assistance include: assistance from one of our graduate assistants who are psychologists in training who will provide individualized interventions in critical thinking, organizational and time management skills, study skills, reading comprehension, and writing. Workshops are also provided in these areas to the general student population.

Students with Physical Disabilities

Coordination of services for students with physical disabilities is provided by the Director and staff of the Office of Learning Services. This includes related services such as testing accommodations, auxiliary aids, and housing assistance.

Eligibility

Eligibility for academic accommodations and related services for students with physical disabilities is also available and coordinated by the Director. Screening for academic, auxiliary aids and housing needs based on documentation is generally done by appointment; however, documentation may be sent by mail. Accommodations may include:

  • Individualized academic skills assistance*
  • Distraction-reduced testing
  • Extended testing time
  • Out of class testing
  • Note-takers
  • Assistive technology
  • Recorded lectures
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Early Registration
  • Dining (special dietary restrictions)
  • Housing accommodations (private rooms, private bathrooms, room configurations, etc.)
  • Advocacy with faculty and staff

Alternative Textbooks

All students eligible to receive alternative texts or books on tape are so notified in the confirmation letter mailed to them upon becoming a client of the Office of Learning Services.

These alternative textbooks are ordered through Access Text Network, Bookshare and Learning Ally formerly known as Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D). The books are provided free of charge to the student through a membership maintained by the Office of Learning Services. Students may obtain a free individual membership from Bookshare at http://www.bookshare.org.

Please note: not all textbooks are available in an alternative format. Students may research Braille materials through the American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. - Louis Database http://www.aph.org website. Students may also obtain books through the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at http://www.loc.gov/nls/. Students may use computer readers in the Assistive Technology Lab at 338 Lyle Hall to use regular textbooks. When books are not available, the Office of Learning Services will make every attempt to obtain a digital copy from the publisher. In some cases, publishers will give the Office of Learning Services permission to make a copy of the book through a scanning process. In order to receive this permission, students must provide the Office of Learning Services with the following:

     Book title and ISBN
     Author
     Publisher and year published
     Course name and number for which the book is used
     Professor's name
     The purchase price of the book
     Student's name and e-mail address
     Format for the digital copy (PC or MAC)

Prior to the start of each regular semester (Fall and Spring), this office will determine the required textbooks for each class of each student with an alternative textbook accommodation.

Students must notify the Office of Learning Services one month prior to the start of each semester if they want alternative texts.

Textbooks will be requested from Access Text Network, Bookshare or ordered from Learning Ally. Some textbooks are available immediately and some are in a queue to be taped when personnel are available.

Some textbooks are not available. You are encouraged to contact the Office of Learning Services for assistance if Bookshare, American Printing House for the Blind or the Assistive Technology Lab do not meet your needs.

Upon receipt of the books, students are notified by telephone that they are ready for pick up. Students are expected to come to the office in a timely manner to get their alternative textbooks.

Unless students have made other arrangements with the Office of Learning Services, the Office of Learning Services will assume students are no longer interested in their alternative textbook accommodation when they do not pick up alternative textbooks provided for them for two consecutive semesters.

Textbooks from Learning Ally can be listened to on a variety of tools. They can be played on DAISY players, computers or mobile devices using a new digital format. There are also many new products available from Learning Ally, which include desktop audio and software tools. Please contact Learning Ally for more information at https://www.learningally.org.

At the end of each semester, students must return all alternative textbooks borrowed from this office. The Office of Learning Services must account for each alternative text from Learning Ally in order to obtain additional ones for the following semester.

Psychological Evaluations

All students who seek academic accommodations for a learning disability are required to provide eligible documentation such as a psychological evaluation or evaluation report. Students who feel they may have a disability are welcomed to make an appointment for a screening with the Director or one of our graduate assistants who are psychologists in training. Students who require further evaluation are referred to a psychologist in the local area who evaluates Millersville University students at a reduced rate. Evaluations are at the student’s expense. Students may contact the Office of Learning Services for this referral information. Students may also contact the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) at 717-787-7834 to obtain evaluations, if eligible, at no charge.

Occasionally, the Office of Learning Services will provide testing as a University retention initiative to financially needy students, even though it is not a mandated service. Testing is not available every semester and does not occur during Summer or Winter sessions. Students who are offered testing will be placed on a test list from which they will be tested in order of placement on the list and if an evaluator is available. When the psychological testing is complete, the Director will determine the accommodations, if appropriate, for the student based on the evaluation results. The student becomes eligible for accommodations through Learning Services and a file is opened in his or her name.

Assistive Technology Lab

The Office of Learning Services offers the use an Assistive Technology Lab to students with disabilities. The lab offers current technology for students with learning and physical disabilities, such as:     

  • Kurzweil
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking (Headset with microphone can be obtained in our main office)
  • Wynn
  • High speed scanner
  • MyReader magnification system (advanced version of CCTV)
  • Braille Printer
  • Zoom Text
  • Open Book
  • Self-paced software for reading, ESL, math, writing, and study skills

The lab is open on the following days:

Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM for students with disabilities. Please check in at the Office of Learning Services prior to entering the lab.

(Contact the Office of Learning Services at 872-3178 for additional times.)