Identification of Special Needs

How Does Ferris State University Identify Students with Special Needs?

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Resolution 504, Ferris State University accommodates students with documented disabilities. All documentation for requesting accommodations is evaluated by licensed professional counselors in the Educational and Career Counseling Center or the Department Head to determine the need for accommodations. The student must initiate the action by contacting the ECCC. If the student does not provide documentation, no accommodations will be provided.

  • Students are not required to identify themselves as having a disability. It is important to know students are not eligible for accommodations until they have done so. This is referred to as "self-identifying."

  • Students must submit appropriate, recent documentation of the disability to be evaluated with respect to limitations of the student's disability and meet with a licensed counselor in the Educational and Career Counseling Center, located in STARR 313 to establish eligibility for services.

  • Accommodations are not retroactive and a new request for services must be submitted each semester the student is enrolled if he/she wants accommodations.

  • Parents cannot identify special needs for their student.

  • Students with the same disability may require different accommodations.