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 an undergraduate student, with a documented disability, and need 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 disability issues; strengthening collaborative cooperation within the community; and promoting equal access and opportunity for all students.
Point Loma Nazarene University is dedicated to providing students with disabilities access to the programs, services, and activities of the University as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) and Amendment (2008) and by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973). Section 504 states: "No otherwise qualified individual shall, solely by his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."
The Student Success and Wellness Disability Resource Center (DRC) is the point of contact for undergraduate students at PLNU to provide reasonable accommodations so that otherwise qualified students with disabilities may, as independently as possible, meet the demands of University life.
The DRC celebrates and embraces
- Students 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. The documentation must be based upon an evaluation by a health care or mental health professional appropriately licensed by the state to diagnose medical, psychological, and learning disorders. Such persons are usually physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, and school psychologists. Documentation from third parties or from persons not licensed to diagnose such conditions will not be accepted.
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). Within the scope of PLNU resources, the DRC will 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 psychological 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.
- Current diagnoses of learning disabilities that are based on appropriate diagnostic evaluations administered by an individual who is is appropriately licensed to diagnose learning diabilities (e.g. school psychologists, psychologist, psychiatrists). The evaluation must minimally include the administration of a measure of intellectual ability (e.g. Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scales - 3rd Edition) and a measure of academic achievement (e.g. Wechsler Individualized Achievement Test - 2nd Edition, Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement - 3rd Edition). Test scores should be included in the report and normed for adults. This would include I.Q. scores, factor scores, and subtest scores. Recommendations for accommodations at the college-level should be provided.
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/medical professional 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.