Accessibility Services

Accessibility Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Emory University School of Nursing (SON) is committed to making reasonable accommodations to assist students with documented disabilities to fulfill their educational objectives.  Students with disabilities are an essential part of our community.  They bring a broad spectrum of talents and achievements to our community.

School of Nursing Special Accommodations Contact

Arnita Howard, Director of Student Affairs and Career Services
(404) 712-6826

Students with disabilities who wish to request accommodations under the ADA must follow the University’s procedures for verification of ADA eligibility by submitting supporting documentation to the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS).  Once OAS verifies an individual’s ADA eligibility, you will work with the SON’s Director of Career Services and Student Affairs, Arnita Howard to coordinate your accommodations while matriculating.  Get more information about University procedures for students with disabilities seeking accommodations, including:

  • How to make a request for accommodation and how it will be processed
  • Self-identification procedures
  • Documentation requirements
  • Confidentiality protections

Implementing Accommodations

Once a student’s ADA eligibility has been verified, there is no need to repeat the registration process unless the student’s situation or needs change, or if the student was approved for temporary accommodations only. Students must request an updated accommodation letter each term to share with your faculty members and Mrs. Howard.  If an adjustment to an accommodation is needed, it is the student’s responsibility to reach out to OAS.  Accommodations are only determined by OAS. 

Once an accommodation plan is generated, it is the student’s responsibility to share this letter with the faculty and SON’s Director.  This is an official notice of the individual’s ADA eligibility and guidelines related to reasonable accommodations appropriate for the individual’s needs.

It is the responsibility of the student to request needed accommodations.  Once a request is made, the student will meet with Arnita Howard to assist in the implementation of necessary accommodations.  Unless a request is made, and the student authorizes release of the information regarding the need for accommodations to appropriate others (faculty, staff, etc.), the SON will not proceed with arranging accommodations.  No retroactive consideration will be given to students who fail to request or to complete OAS’s registration process. 

Notification to Faculty and Others

Notification to faculty and others about a student’s need for accommodations will contain a statement of the student’s ADA eligibility as well as guidelines for necessary accommodations.  No information about the student’s diagnosis, condition or history will be available in any way to course instructors or others from whom a student might request an accommodation.

The Director of Career Services and Student Affairs will maintain a folder containing an accommodation letter for each student.  Such material will be retained separately from the student’s academic file, and access to such material will be limited and appropriate confidentiality will be maintained.  The school will not release details related to accommodations that were provided (for example to residency programs, etc.).

When to Request Accommodations

Students will be apprised of ADA eligibility within the timeframe that is established by OAS.  If a request for eligibility verification is made at the start of an academic period, accommodations cannot be implemented until the student’s registration is finalized with OAS.  Because of the number of verifications being processed at the beginning of the academic period, students are urged to submit their request for eligibility verification and accommodations as far in advance as possible.  In addition, academic accommodations differ from clinical accommodations.  The time to coordinate will vary depending on the request.  Advance preparation will ensure the smoothest availability of needed accommodations.

OAS provides specific guidance to utilize accommodations.  It requires a coordinated effort on the part of the student, OAS, and SON.  Depending on what type of accommodation you are approved for, OAS has procedures and guidelines.  To view more information, please visit OAS’s website.

Temporary Conditions

While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not recognize temporary injuries as a disability for which an accommodation is legally mandated, Emory University may be available to assist students who have a temporary injury or condition which results in a functional impairment. These may include broken bones, injuries requiring surgery and concussions.  Appropriate provisional accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis and may include:  assistance with obtaining class notes, assistance with taking exams and/or quizzes if the student is unable to write.

The testing center provides a secure, distraction-reduced environment in which students can use testing accommodations that may be assigned to them by the Office of Accessibility Services. Tests are proctored Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. View more details about special accommodations for testing.