»Frequently Asked Questions

Please find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below. If you questions that are not addressed, please contact our office.

+-Registration

Is registering with Disability Services right for me?

If you think you have an issue (learning, psychiatric, medical, &/or physical) that is limiting you from performing at your best in school; please make an appointment with the Assistant Director by calling (714) 516-4520. We can discuss the issue and explore options.

How do I register with Disability Services?

Please see our How to Register page.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Schedule an appointment by calling (714) 516-4520.

How soon can I meet with the Assistant Director?

Schedules vary throughout the academic year. The beginning of each semester tends to be the busiest.  We encourage our visitors to plan accordingly.

What kind of accommodations do you offer?

Each student is assessed on an individual basis. Accommodations vary depending on each student’s needs.

Example of accommodations we provide:

  • Coordination of special arrangements to meet individual test-taking needs
  • Volunteer peer notetakers
  • Permission to use a voice recorder in lecture classes
  • Sign language interpretation for deaf students
  • Real Time Captioning services
  • Special tables and chairs in the classroom
  • Facilitation of obtaining books in alternate formats

What kind of documentation do I need to receive accommodations?

Documentation Guidelines explain the guidelines for all disability documentation. It also lists various tests that are useful to determine appropriate accommodations for learning disabilities and ADHD.

What should I bring for my first appointment with the Assistant Director?

If you have not already submitted any disability documentation; bring all it with you to the intake meeting. We will review your documentation together, discuss how your disability has impacted your learning to date, and agree upon what accommodations are reasonable and appropriate for your education experience at Chapman University.  Note – approved accommodations at a previous college/university are not automatically guaranteed. Accommodations are approved based on the actual disability documentation (scores, medical tests, physician clinical reports, etc.).

+-Disability Testing Information

Does Chapman University offer testing to diagnose learning disorders or ADHD/ADD?

No. Students may contact Disability Services at (714) 516-4520 to request a list of testing referrals.

I am a current student and think I may have a learning disorder.

You may contact Disability Services at (714) 516-4520 to schedule an appointment with the Assistant Director to explore your options

Where can I find out more information about learning disorders?

Please refer to our Resources page for helpful information. The learning disabilities information is great information students and parents. It also contains useful Chapman University specific information.

+-General Accommodation Information

I had accommodations in high school.  Will I continue to have the same accommodations?

It is possible to have some or similar accommodations, but it is not automatic. In high school accommodations were provided under the legislative act called IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). Accommodations were provided to support the student to be as successful as possible. In higher education disability accommodations are provided under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). The goal of this legislation is to provide equal access to education. Accommodations are to compensate for limiting functions of a disability. This allows the student with a disability to compete equally among his/her classmates.

How can I get testing accommodations?

You must have a diagnosis supported by adequate documentation. See our Documentation guidelines. All accommodations are determined by the Assistant Director and are assessed on an individual basis.

How soon can I get testing accommodations?

Most accommodations are effective after meeting with the Assistant Director AND after the professor has been notified. This is not always immediate, so meeting with the Assistant Director is important before the accommodation is needed.

I am a current/prospective student and would like to know what kind of services and accommodations you offer to students with disabilities.

Each student is assessed on an individual basis. Accommodations vary depending on each student’s needs. Please refer to the How to register page to start the process.

I am a current or prospective student with a disability and need special housing accommodations. 

Housing requests disability documentation separately. Please visit the Residence Life website for further information.

I am a current student and have been approved for accommodations.  How do I get those accommodations each semester?

The Disability Services has emailed you a pdf copy of your letter of accommodations with instructions on how to inform your professors at the beginning of each semester. You are welcome to contact us to receive another emailed copy.

+-Note Taker Accommodation Information

How may I request a notetaker?

If you have been approved for a notetaker, this accommodation is not automatic. Please let us know which classes you would like the notetaker accommodation. Please use our online form.

I am a current student and am interested in becoming a volunteer notetaker.

You may submit your request online. Please use our online form.

I am a volunteer notetaker.  How and when do I submit my notes?

If you handwrite your notes, please take them to the Tutoring, Learning & Testing Center (TLT) located in DeMille Hall Room 140 to have them scanned.  If you type your notes, please send them to the email address provided on the notetaker guidelines agreement.  Notes are due within 24 hours after each class.

I have requested a notetaker through Disability Services.  How and when will I receive my notes?

You will receive your notes via email within 24 hours after each class.  If you do not receive any notes within one week of submitting the request, either follow-up with your professor or contact Disability Services at (714) 516-4520.

I have requested a notetaker through Disability Services and have not received any notes.

If it has been one week since you submitted a notetaker request, either follow-up with your professor or contact Disability Services at (714) 516-4520.

+-Testing Accommodation Information

I am a current student and have testing accommodations.  Where do I take my exams?

Tutoring, Learning & Testing Center (TLT) DeMille Hall Room 140.  Please call TLT at (714) 997-6828 for further information.

How do I schedule an exam?

Exams are scheduled at the Tutoring, Learning & Testing Center (TLT) DeMille Hall Room 140.  Please call TLT at (714) 997-6828 for further information.  If you have been approved for this accommodation; visit the TLT Center to schedule to take your exam at the TLT one week before regular exams and 3-4 weeks before finals.

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