Disability Support Services
Programs for Academic Access, Confidence, and Excellence (PACE) Center
Chatham University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations and services for students with diagnosed disabilities. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act (ADA-AA) of 2008, the Chatham University PACE Center coordinates all academic accommodations for students with diagnosed disabilities who are enrolled in Chatham courses.
- Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis and are implemented only after the student’s needs are documented. Documentation of a disability can take a variety of forms.
- One type of documentation is information obtained during a meeting between the student and a member of the PACE staff. At this meeting, the student will be asked to discuss her/his experience of disability, including the impact the disability has had on her/his academic life, the challenges resulting from the disability, and a discussion about previous accommodations that have been utilized by the student.
- Another form of documentation is information provided by external or third parties. This type of documentation may consist of medical or educational records, and reports and assessments from health care providers, educational psychologists, teachers, or the educational system. The information obtained from this type of documentation will also be considered when making accommodations decisions. In general, third-party documentation should:
- Be provided by a qualified professional on his/her letterhead
- Be relatively recent
- State the diagnosis
- State the functional limitations resulting from the impact of the disability
- List recommendations for accommodations, adaptive devices, and support services
- Academic accommodations for students with disabilities may include, but are not limited to:
- Alternate text formats, including audio, Braille, and electronic versions
- Distraction-limited setting for testing
- Extended time for testing
- Note-taker services
- Screen reading software, including Kurzweil 1000 and Kurzweil 3000
- Sign language interpreting services
- Other PACE services available for students with disabilities:
- Academic skills coaching
- Learning styles assessment
- Procrastination management
- Self-advocacy development
- Study strategies analysis
- Time management planning
- Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction
Students seeking accommodations or additional information should contact the PACE Center via telephone (412-365-1523) or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chatham students please visit myChatham for additional information regarding documentation guidelines and available services.