Disability Resource Center
Welcome to the PLNU Disability Resource Center (DRC)
We are committed to positive action to secure equal opportunity for qualified students. Please contact the DRC if you are a person with a learning, physical, medical, or psychological disability and desire assistive devices, services, or other accommodations.
Our mission is to support the ongoing development of an accessible university that embraces and celebrates diversity. We pursue this mission by: facilitating effective, reasonable accommodations; educating the campus community about disabilities issues; strengthening collaborative cooperation within the community; and promoting equal access and opportunity for all students.
The DRC ensures compliance with federal regulations in order to foster equal access for students with disabilities to all curricular and co-curricular opportunities offered by the university, through collaboration with faculty and staff.
The DRC celebrates and embraces
- People as the top priority
- Respect for all
- Self advocacy, independence and active learning
- Grace-filled service
- Responsible action through education of individuals
- The spirit of equal opportunity in achieving a diverse, inclusive university
- Persistence and determination
- Integrity and honesty
- Maximizing strengths and minimizing weaknesses
- Adaptability, creativity, and flexibility
- An environment where expectations are clearly set and communicated
Recognition of Achievement - Delta Alpha Pi
Delta Alpha Pi is the international academic honor society for students with disabilities. The Omega chapter of Delta Alpha Pi on our campus recognizes the academic achievement of students registered with DRC. The chapter also sponsors events and projects that help students develop their leadership skills and give students opportunities for service.
Requesting Disability Support
Qualified students with disabilities may be eligible to receive academic support services and accommodations. DRC applicants must be admitted or enrolled PLNU students. They must provide the DRC with documentation from a clinically diagnosing physician/medical professional verifying the nature and extent of the disability prior to receiving any accommodations. Students who believe they have a current and essential need for disability accommodations are responsible for requesting accommodations and providing documentation from a clinically diagnosing physician/medical professional to the Disability Resource Center (DRC). The DRC will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities.
For a list of services provided by the DRC, click here
Documenting Specific Learning, Physical, Medical and Psychiatric Disabilities
Eligibility is based on qualifying disability documentation and assessment of individual need. To view the guidelines for documenting a disability, click here. The DRC will accept:
- Diagnoses of specific learning disabilities or ADD/ADHD that are based on recent, comprehensive, age-appropriate psychoeducational evaluations from the last three (3) years.
- Current diagnoses of physical or medical disabilities that are based on appropriate diagnostic evaluations administered by certified and/or licensed professionals (e.g., medical doctors, ophthalmologists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, audiologists) from the last three (3) years.
- Current diagnoses of psychiatric disabilities that are based on comprehensive and appropriate diagnostic evaluations completed by trained and qualified (i.e., licensed or certified) professionals (e.g., psychologists, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, school psychologists, certified professional counselors, licensed therapists or social workers). An update on the psychiatric disability is required every year.
- The Disability Resource Center Documentation Provider form is used to submit initial documentation. Additional documentation may be requested if the documentation supplied by the clinically diagnosing physician does not provide sufficient detail to determine reasonable accommodations. Please use the following link to download and print the form, click here for Documentation Provider form.
Information About Disabilities
The following links will direct you to external websites which contain information about various disabilities that relate to the educational experience. Please note that these sites are not actively monitored by PLNU or the Disability Resource Center, so please let the DRC know if there is an issue with a link.