Office of Disability Services
Mission and Goal of ODS
The mission of Office of Disability Services (ODS) is to increase retention rates for students with disabilities, by ensuring equitable treatment and access to all academic programs and activities at La Sierra University. In order to fulfill this mission, ODS provides the necessary academic support services for the achievement of students’ chosen academic goals. Services offered through the department include, but are not limited to:
• Programming for disability awareness throughout the campus community
• Prescription of accommodations, specific to the student’s functional limitations.
• Assistance with accessing facilities across campus
• Issuing of a learning assistant for students with qualifying disabling conditions and functional limitations
The prescription of accommodations allows students to demonstrate subject mastery without highlighting the limitations of their disabling condition. To receive services, students must have appropriate documentation to support the request for services, unless this determination of prescription of accommodations can be made by Director of ODS. Accommodations are granted on an individual basis. Because each disability and the particular circumstances surrounding each request are unique, it is impossible to predict what accommodations might be provided to any particular student.
La Sierra University (LSU) is committed to ensuring equal educational opportunities to people with disabilities. Accommodations give a student an opportunity to demonstrate subject mastery without discriminatory restrictions. Examples of possible accommodations include extra examination time, digital or oral examinations, a reader for an examination, a formal note taker, distraction-reduced room for exams, digital texts, enlarged handouts/worksheets/tests and sign language interpreters.
The Office of Disability Services is located on the lower level of La Sierra Hall in the Learning Support & Testing Center, Room 100B. Dennis Cambara, Interim Director, is available to assist you with your learning needs. You may stop in the office or phone us at (951) 785-2453. You may also e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.