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Accessibility

 

 

Contact Information

 Megan Jones

Megan Jones
Accessible Education and Resource Manager

Phone: 626-495-2869
Email: accessibility@lapu.edu
Fax: 626-276-7029

Megan Jones is the Manager of Accessible Education and Resources at Los Angeles Pacific University (LAPU). In this role, Megan supports the vision and purpose of LAPU to serve students by delivering educational pathways that are flexible and accessible. Megan has a passion to foster an inclusive university culture for students with disabilities while empowering students to achieve their academic goals by promoting self-advocacy and self-efficacy.

About Us

The mission of the Accessible Education and Resource Office is to ensure that all students have equal access to LAPU programs, courses, educational materials, support resources, facilities, and events. This is accomplished by:

  • Promoting a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive educational environment.
  • Facilitating individualized, reasonable, and timely accommodations for students with documented disabilities through an interactive process.
  • Providing institution-wide advisement, consultation, and training on disability awareness and other disability-related topics.
  • Collaborating with all LAPU departments to identify and remove barriers to accessibility.
  • Providing universal and inclusive design of all educational materials.
  • Complying with legal and regulatory requirements.

We comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), Sections 504 & 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Accessible Content Request

Did you find something on the website or in your course materials that needs to be more accessible? Let us know about it. Use this form to submit your request.

Apply for Accommodations

Procedure to Request Student Disability Accommodation:

  1. Request Services: Download and complete the Academic Accommodations Application (PDF). Please note that you may need to install Acrobat Reader or another PDF reader to submit the form electronically.
  2. Provide Documentation: Certification or documentation from a medical professional of the disability is required. Documentation is preferred to be within three years. Please be sure to refer to our documentation guidelines below.
    Application and documentation may be submitted in person, via email attachment to accessibility@lapu.edu, or via fax at (626) 276-7029.
  3. Schedule Intake Appointment: Once your application and documentation have been submitted, you will be contacted within 48 hours by email or telephone to schedule an appointment for an intake with the Accessible Education & Resource Manager.
  4. Submit Session Request Form: Academic accommodations must be requested prior to each session by filling out a Session Request Accommodations Form.

Documentation Guidelines

Psychological/Emotional (i.e. anxiety, depression)

Documentation must be provided by a licensed mental health professional. If medication is required, an evaluation from a psychiatrist is preferred. Documentation must be current (prefer within 3 years) and must be signed and submitted on official letterhead that states your diagnosis and any limitations you are experiencing as a result of your diagnosis.

Recommended documentation includes:

  1. A clear statement of the diagnosis, including DSM-IV TR diagnosis and a summary of present symptoms.
  2. How the symptoms are limiting the student’s functioning.
  3. Impact of medications (if any) on the student’s ability to meet the demands of the postsecondary academic and social environment.
  4. Recommendations or observations to assist in determining accommodations.

Learning Disabilities, ADD / ADHD

Documentation must be a report that includes evaluation data and a summary of the disability along with accommodation recommendations. Documentation must be current (prefer within 3 years). In addition to a report, a signed letter from the evaluator should be submitted on official letterhead with his or her license number.

Recommended documentation includes:

  1. A clear statement of the disorder, including DSM-IV TR diagnosis and a summary of present symptoms.
  2. A summary of the assessment procedures and evaluation instruments used to make the diagnosis, and a summary of evaluation results.
  3. Impact of medications (if any) on the student’s ability to meet the demands of the postsecondary academic and social environment.
  4. Recommendations or observations to assist in determining accommodations.

Physical Impairment

Documentation of disability/illness must be from a medical professional such as a physician or other medical specialist with expertise in the area of the diagnosis. Documentation must be signed and submitted on official letterhead that states your diagnosis and any limitations you are experiencing as a result of your diagnosis.

Recommended documentation includes:

  1. A clear statement of the diagnosis.
  2. How the symptoms are limiting the student’s functioning.
  3. Impact of medications (if any) on the student’s ability to meet the demands of the postsecondary academic and social environment.
  4. Recommendations or observations to assist in determining.

Grievance Process

Informal Process

If a student feels as though the accommodation provided is not reasonable, they can contact the Accessibility and Resource Manager as soon as possible at accessibility@lapu.edu. Timeliness is critical in resolving these concerns promptly and effectively. The Accessibility and Resource Manager will arrange for a time to discuss the matter with the student, gather the necessary information, and work to resolve the concerns.

Formal Process

In the event that the informal procedure fails to resolve the problem, the student can file a grievance in writing by indicating the nature of the grievance, the evidence upon which it is based, and the redress sought. The student will then submit the document(s) to the Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success at avpstudentsuccess@lapu.edu. The grievance procedure shall act as a vehicle for communication and decision making between the student and LAPU staff/faculty through prescribed procedures where a process of a student-initiated grievance can be resolved internally.