Adaptive Services Office

Adaptive Services Office

Welcome to the Adaptive Services Office!

Ave Maria University is committed to ensuring that each qualified individual with disabilities has an equal opportunity to take part in all of the educational and employment related  programs and services offered by the University. Ave Maria University prides itself in extending reasonable accommodations to all known limitations of students with documented disabilities. The process by which a student with disabilities can access the aid programs offered by the University is detailed below.

Documentation

In order to qualify for accommodations the student must obtain a recent assessment from a licensed professional to serve as  “Documentation of Disability,”  which must be submitted along with the “Request for Accommodations” form to the Adaptive Resource Center two weeks prior to the start of classes.  It is the responsibility of each student with a disability to make his or her needs known at the start of the semester and to provide appropriate documentation in order for the University to help meet the needs for the following types of support:. 

  • Note takers
  • Tutoring
  • Extended time on tests (Time and a half.)
  • Isolated testing environment
  • Readers for tests
  • Books on tape
  • Learning lab with adaptive technology, ie. Kurzweil 3000
  • Tape recordings of lectures
  • Instruction in study strategies
  • Confidential interview and record management
  • Counselor assistance to facilitate the provision of applicable accommodations

The University policy on accommodations and the necessary forms and guidelines can be found at the Policy and Documentation.

Meeting with a Counselor

Students requesting services to aid their personal disability must meet with the Adaptive Resource Center Counselor within the first two weeks of the semester. Accordingly, Ave Maria University will adhere to all applicable federal and state laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable physical and academic accommodations for the purpose of affording equal access and opportunity to qualified individuals with a documented disability. This meeting is crucial because each student’s accommodations are prepared on an individual and flexible basis, to be provided in a timely and cost effective manner.

    Ave Maria University's Adaptive Resource Center is located on the second floor of the Bob Thomas Student Union in Office 2027. Appointments can be made by phone at (239) 280-1654 or by email to counselingservices@avemaria.edu.

    Related Resources

    >http://www.ncld.org/adults-learning-disabilities

    Center for Blindness and Vision Loss

    Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act

    International Dyslexia Association

    Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD) 

    LDOnline 

    Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) 

    Disability Information

    Job Search Assistance

    Getting Hired

    For More Information:

    Contact the Adaptive Resource Center at (239) 280-1654 or by email at: counselingservices@avemaria.edu.  The Adaptive Resource Center office is located on the second floor of  the Bob Thomas Student Union Building, Office 2027.  The Adaptive Technology Learning Lab is located on the second floor of the Canizaro Library, Room 234. 

    Sharon O'Reilly, LCSW
    Adaptive Resource Center, Office 2027
    Telephone: (239) 280-1654
    Fax: (239) 280-2495
    Email: Sharon.OReilly@avemaria.edu