Disability Services / Certification Process

Students requesting Disability Services are required to complete the following certification process:

Return the Voluntary Disclosure and Request for Accommodation (Optional, for new or transfer students only):

This step is only necessary if you are a new incoming or transfer Meredith student. This form can be located in the Enrollment Handbook or may be obtained from Disability Services. Send your completed form to:

Meredith College
Disability Services
3800 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27607

Fax #: (919) 760-2383

Submit documentation

Disability Services (DS) determines eligibility according to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Based on the documented functional limitations caused by a disability, DS determines reasonable accommodations to ensure individuals with disabilities have equal access to all programs and services.

  • Submit documentation from an appropriately credentialed professional dated within the last three years that includes your diagnosis, how your disability impacts you as a student, and recommended accommodations. Documentation Guidelines are available online. If your documents don’t meet our guidelines, please send what you have.
  • Mail, email or fax documentation to:

                  Meredith College
                  Disability Services
                  3800 Hillsborough Street
                  Raleigh, NC 27607

                 disabilityservices@meredith.edu

                 Fax #: (919) 760-2383

DS reviews documentation and makes decisions about accommodations on a case-by-case basis. DS reserves the right to request additional information in order to determine eligibility and reserves the right to make final decisions concerning eligibility and appropriate accommodations based on the quality, how recent, and how complete the documentation is. It is the responsibility of the student to provide documentation meeting the guidelines set forth by Disability Services. All documentation is confidential and will be maintained by the Counseling Center/Disability Services.

If at any time you have questions about any accommodation and the determination process, you are encouraged to contact Disability Services by phone at (919) 760-8427 or at disabilityservices@meredith.edu.

Insufficient Documentation

When documentation submitted to the review team is incomplete, the student will be asked to seek an additional evaluation and/or clarifying information from the evaluator(s). An Individualized Education Plan (IEP), 504 Plan, or Summary of Performance (SOP) provides useful information but is generally not considered sufficient by themselves. If your documents do not meet our guidelines, please send what you have.

Complete an intake interview with Disability Services staff

An intake interview takes about 45 minutes and allows our DS staff to understand how the disability impacts a student’s life functioning. The intake also provides an opportunity for the student to become acquainted with services that are offered through Disability Services. When possible, documentation should be submitted before the intake session. Students may make an appointment by calling (919) 760-8427.

Student Rights
It is the student’s right to:

  • Request reasonable accommodations ensuring equal access to courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities available through the college.
  • Appropriate confidentiality of all information regarding their disability(ies) and disclosure of information except disclosures that are required or permitted by law.
  • Information available in accessible formats.
  • File a grievance according to the Grievance Procedure, if s/he believes they have been treated unfairly.

Student Responsibilities
It is the student’s responsibility to:

  • Meet the essential qualifications and institutional standards.
  • Disclose the disability in a timely manner to Disability Services staff if you wish to receive services.
  • Provide appropriate documentation.
  • Inform Disability Services staff of accommodation needs.
  • Talk with professors about classroom accommodations, as needed.
  • Inform the Disability Services staff of barriers to a successful education.
  • Follow through with appointments.
  • Arrange testing accommodations with each faculty member a minimum of 5 business days prior to each test/exam.

APPOINTMENTS & DROP-IN HOURS

Contact Information:

Starlette Vaught
Assistant Director for Disability Services

208 Carroll Hall
(919) 760-8427
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