Filed under General University Policies

Disability Accommodations

This institution complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and state and local requirements regarding students with disabilities. In compliance with federal and state regulations, reasonable accommodations are provided to qualified students with disabilities.

It is the student’s responsibility to identify him or herself to the university as having a disability, and submit any required documentation prior to engaging in any activity for which accommodations are being requested. Students who are requesting accommodations, are encouraged to do so during the enrollment process, prior to the start of their first course, to allow time for accommodations to be reviewed and implemented. ABTU will accept all reasonable accommodations requests.

A request for accommodation is deemed reasonable if the request:

  • is based on appropriate documentation
  • does not compromise essential requirements of a course or program
  • does not impose a financial or administrative burden upon ABTU beyond that which is deemed reasonable and customary

Accommodation guidelines:

  • Students must request accommodations by completing the Accommodations Request Form and provide supporting documentation at least thirty (30) days in advance to the start of the accommodation being requested.
  • No accommodations may be made prior to the notification of disability and the submission of documentation.


Steps for receiving accommodations:

Step 1. A student identifies his/herself as requiring accommodation by indicating so on the Application for Enrollment or by communicating with their Success Coordinator and/or instructor.  Regardless of the method of notification, all students are directed to complete the confidential Accommodations Request Form for consideration.


Step 2: The student submits the Accommodations Request Form, in which they describe the nature of their impairment, and upload/attach supporting documentation.  The content of this digital form is encrypted and only visible to the Student Affairs Officer.  The details of this request are reviewed by the Student Affairs Officer and an action plan is developed in consultation with the student.  The decision to grant or deny the request for accommodations will be made within 10 days of receipt of the Accommodations Request Form.


Step 3: The Student Affairs Officer communicates the student’s approved accommodations to the Student Affairs Committee for the purposes of administering the necessary accommodations.  This is also documented in the student’s record, within the student information system for the purposes of producing reports to notify upcoming instructors.  However, the nature of the impairment is not documented in the public student record, nor disclosed to any members of the committee, staff, administration, or instructor.


Step 4: At the beginning of each term/module, instructors who have a student which requires accommodations on their roster, are provided with the student’s name and exactly what accommodations are to be afforded to the student. The nature of the student’s impairment is not disclosed to the instructor.


Potential Accommodations Include:
Speech-to-Text & Text-to-Speech software



Extended Time on test’s

Extended Homework due dates

Assisted Test Taking (test reader/writer)


Students whose accommodation requests are denied will not be discriminated against if the decision is denied or appealed.  Any student wishing to appeal the decision may do so by use of the Appeals policy:


Documentation requirements

Documentation to support a request for disability accommodation must be provided when applicable by the student and at the student’s expense.  Such documentation must follow the guidelines listed below:


Age of Documentation

  • For Learning Disability Accommodations, documentation should be no older than 3 years if student is under 21 years of age. Older documentation will be accepted for students who are over 21 as long as the clinical testing was completed since the student reached the age of 18.
  • For Mental Disability Accommodations, documentation should be clinical documentation created since the student reached the age of 18.
  • For Physical Disability Accommodations, if the physical disability is a permanent condition, documentation of any age may be considered. For a physical disability that is based on a temporary condition, such as weakness caused by chemotherapy or other short-term treatments, clinical documentation should be less than 1 year old.


Necessary Documentation

  • The professional credentials of the evaluator including what training and experience the evaluator has with the diagnosis and treatment of adults. The evaluator should be a licensed professional in the appropriate field and qualified to diagnose adults.
  • A specific medical diagnosis of the physical, mental, or learning disability.
  • For learning disabilities, the names of the diagnostic tests used, evaluation dates, test scores, and interpretation of test results.
  • A description of how the student is limited in functionality in a major life activity.
  • Specific accommodation recommendations that are tied to the diagnosis and how the accommodations will affect the specific functional limitations of the student.

Means of Delivery

A student may deliver documentation to support a request for disability accommodation by any of the following means:

  • Attach to the Accommodations Request Form
  • Mail to: ABTU 1018 W. St. Maartens Drive St. Joseph, MO 64506. ATTN: Student Affairs Officer


For students requesting additional academic support, please see the tutoring policy accessible at the following URL:

ABTU Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy: 

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