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Office of Disability Services (ODS) provides academic support services to empower students with disabilities to achieve their academic goals while ensuring equitable treatment and access to all programs and activities at La Sierra University.

The need for accommodation is assessed on an individual basis. Please note that not all students are eligible to receive all accommodation; accommodations are assigned appropriate to their disability.

To ensure timely and appropriate accommodation, students are responsible to obtain current documentation that supports his/her disability.

Support Services include

Exam accommodation Audio recording of class lecture
Note taker Sign language Interpreter
Cart Services (for Mobility Impaired) Assistive listening devices
Alternate media Real-Time captioning
Alternate furniture Learning assistant

How to Register with ODS

In order to receive services, you must be enrolled and registered for classes at La Sierra University.  Students must provide ODS with disability related documentation from an appropriate licensed professional to verify the student has a disability in order to receive reasonable accommodations.

In order to be eligible for reasonable accommodation, the disability must be verified by ODS staff.  The following steps must be completed in order to receive accommodations:

  1. Complete and submit the Application for Services form.
  2. Submit appropriate documentation to ODS office.
  3. Meet with ODS staff for an intake interview.  ODS staff will determine eligibility for services during the intake.  

ODS staff will discuss and arrange the appropriate accommodations with you.  ODS reserves the right to deny services or accommodation, pending receipt of the documentation.  Students who are found to be non-disabled are referred to other campus and community resources for assistance.

In order to receive accommodations in a timely manner, please be sure to contact ODS early so that you can make necessary arrangements to obtain appropriate documentation.

Please note: Office of Disability Services does not provide testing for psychological and/or learning disabilities.

Contact Us

Phone: (951) 785-2453
Fax: (951) 785-2271
ods@lasierra.edu

Office Location

La Sierra Hall, Lower Level
Room 100B

Campus Access Map

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesdays:
11 a.m.-12 p.m. Closed for chapel

Friday:
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Summer:
Monday-Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Campus Map

Vehicle Access Map
(Routes marked in blue dotted lines indicate additional Disabled Parking Spaces on Campus)

*All vehicles parked in Disabled Parking spaces must have Disabled Placard and the Placard must be properly displayed.

Test Proctoring for ODS

In order for the Learning Support and Testing Center to proctor any quizzes and/or exams, we must have the Test Proctor form completed by you and your professor.  The ODS Test Proctor form can be picked up at Office of Disability Office or can be downloaded.

Please make sure that all necessary information is completed by you and your professor. Any missing or ignored information may void your Proctor Form altogether. It is the student's responsibility to deliver the completed form to Office of Disability Services.

*All ODS Test Proctor Forms must be completed and return to Learning Support and Testing Center at least three (3) work days prior to your testing date.

Forms

This page includes forms that pertain to the daily operations of the Office of Disability Services. Deliver completed forms to the Office of Disability Services in Suite 100B in the basement of La Sierra Hall. You may also call the Front Desk at (951) 785-2453 for more information.

Differences Between High School and Higher Education

High SchoolHigher Education
Applicable Law
  • I.D.E.A (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)
  • Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • I.D.E.A is about SUCCESS
  • A.D.A (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • A.D.A. is about ACCESS
Intent of the Law
  • IDEA: To provide a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment to students with disabilities
  • 504: To ensure that no otherwise qualified person with a disability is denied access to, benefits of, or is subjected to discrimination in any program or activity provided by any public entity or institution.
  • 504: To ensure that no otherwise qualified person with a disability is denied access to, benefits of, or is subjected to discrimination in any program or activity provided by any public entity or institution.
Who is Covered
  • Anyone who requires special education services (under the age of 21 or graduation from high school).
  • All qualified individuals with disabilities who meet the entry level criteria for particular program of the college and who can provide documentation of disability as defined by the ADA.
Services
  • School Districts are responsible for identifying, evaluating and delivering educational services at no cost to the student.
  • Students are responsible for self-identification an obtaining documentation from a professional who is qualified to make assessment of their disability. The university does not bear the cost of the assessment/evaluation.
Accommodations
  • Some subjects/classes are often waived before graduation, if they were related to the student's disability.
  • Students often received unlimited time for testing and the chance to retake the test if they have a disability.
  • The university has the right to maintain academic standards and no accommodations may be permitted to reduce the standard for ANY student.
  • Accommodations are determined based on the need of the student relating to his/her disability.
Self-Advocacy
  • Parents or legal guardians are usually the advocates for the student.
  • Students must be able to communicate what their needs are and be able to justify the requested services. The University does not initiate in identifying or delivery of services.
Parental Role
  • Parent or legal guardian has access to student's records and can participate in accommodation process.
  • Parents or legal guardians do not have access to student's records without written consent from student.

Disability Services Staff

Michelle Kamau
Director
mkamau@lasierra.edu
(951) 785-2412
Dennis Cambara
Counselor
dcambara@lasierra.edu
(951) 785-2899