Eligibility Guidelines and Services

General Guidelines and Services

Students with Learning Disabilities

Eligibility

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 Edition
     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, birthdate, M#, mailing and e-mail address
     Format for the digital copy (PC or MAC)

You may also download, print and submit the Alternative Text form and submit it to the Office of Learning Services. Publisher Information for Alternative Textbooks

Textbooks will be requested from Access Text Network, Bookshare, from Learning Ally or directly from publishers. Some textbooks are available immediately and some are in a queue to be taped when personnel are available. Please provide book information prior to the start of each semester or as soon as your books are available due to the time it takes some publishers to send books. When books are not available in an alternative format, the Office of Learning Services will obtain permission from publishers to scan and make a digital copy of your book. Alternative textbooks will be sent to your Millersville University e-mail and you will be notified if your book is unavailable and must be scanned.

Students with qualifying disabilities who need alternative textbooks will be added to the Office of Learning Services' Bookshare and Learning Ally organization accounts and assigned books that can be read directly from www.bookshare.org and www.learningally.org.

Bookshare: Students whose books are available on Bookshare will be certified as eligible by the Office of Learning Services and sent an e-mail directly from Bookshare.org that contains an Activation ID and request to obtian an individual membership that is free of charge. Students should complete their membership in a timely manner to avoid any delay in their ability to download and read books. Students will be required to download the reader "Read Out Loud" from Bookshare to read books on their computer. A smartphone option is also available.

Learning Ally: Students whose books are available on Learningally.org will be certified as eligible by the Office of Learning Services and will be required to use their name as their ID and M# as their password to log in to obtain their books. To read books on Learning Ally, students must download Learning Ally Link at https://go.learningally.org/link/. Choose either PC or MAC and follow instructions. Books can also be read on Apple, Android, or Daisy Devices.  

PDF: Books sent in .pdf can be read using the Read Out Loud feature in Adobe Acrobat. Simply open the .pdf, click on View and scroll down to Read Out Loud, then activate Read Out Loud to read a page or the entire document.

Out of Class Testing

The OLS requires that students present the Test Accommodation Request form no less than three (3) business days for general exams and midterms prior to the requested test date to allow for room scheduling.

For final exams, students are required to submit the Test Accommodation Request form no less than ten (10) business days prior to the requested test date to allow for room scheduling.

For questions or assistance with Testing Accommodation Request forms (green sheets), please contact the OLS at 717-871-5554 or by e-mail at Learning.Services@millersville.edu.

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 the Office of 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 scanners
  • 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. Food and drinks are not permitted in the lab.

(Contact the Office of Learning Services at 717-871-5554 for additional times.)