Eligibility and Services
Services for Qualified Students
The Office of Student Disability Services (OSDS) at Eastern Illinois University offers a variety of services for students with documented disabilities.
OSDS collaborates with students with documented disabilities to determine reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, and support services that are individualized and based upon disability documentation, functional limitations, and a collaborative assessment of needs. Students are encouraged to use advocacy skills to facilitate the provision of authorized accommodations specific to class needs and personal preference. Eastern may not be able to meet all personal preference requests but does provide reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services.
Note: Eastern does not provide personal assistance or equipment, i.e. homework assistance, typing, personal laptops, or personal aids, etc.
Eligibility for Services
In order to fully evaluate requests for accommodations or auxiliary aids and to determine eligibility for services, OSDS requires disability documentation that is specific to each disability.
Although information from high school (such as IEP’s and 504 Plans) may be helpful in determining accommodations in college, the laws governing disabilities in post-secondary education are very different, therefore, additional documentation will be required. For more information about the differences between high school and college, see: The Big Difference.
Specific documentation requirements for various disabilities and additional guidelines developed to assist prospective students in obtaining appropriate documentation may be found by clicking the appropriate link below or by calling our office at 217-581-6583.
It is important to check on documentation requirements as soon as possible due to the amount of time involved in obtaining some types of documentation. Once OSDS receives the documentation, it is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.