Disability Services

 


Services for Students with Disabilities

Cardinal Stritch University places an emphasis on connections between faculty and students and between academic campus life and the larger world. The University provides a superior education, rooted in its Franciscan and liberal arts heritage and draws upon its Christian tradition to prepare all students for vocational success, lifelong learning and service in a diverse and global society. 

Our Mission

The mission of the office of services for students with disabilities at Cardinal Stritch University is to assist in creating a campus community where otherwise qualified students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of the educational environment.   Disabilities include, but are not limited to:

Learning disabilities                    Blindness

Attention deficit disorder           Deaf or hard of hearing

Traumatic brain injury                 Emotional and mental challenges

We are guided by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments (ADAA) of 2008. Individuals will receive reasonable accommodations according to their needs and the documentation of their disability. 

If you have questions about disabilities or disability services, contact us at academicsupport@stritch.edu or call 414-410-4166 ext. 4828. The Disability Services Coordinator is Mike Schade.

How the Stritch Process Works:
Disability Services Request

1.  Prior to the provision of reasonable accommodations by the University, the student must complete the Disability Services Request Form, on which the student must identify his/her disability; the course, program of study or activity in which the student is enrolled or scheduled to be enrolled; and the accommodation(s) sought.

2.  In order to be eligible for reasonable accommodation(s) from the University, the student must provide recent, relevant and comprehensive documentation of the disability.  In addition, one of two forms should be completed by a state licensed psychologist or physician:

Disability Documentation Form – Physical

Disability Documentation Form – Learning/Psychological

For learning disabilities, documentation should address:

  • background information about the student's history of learning disabilities.
  • a clear diagnosis including an explanation of how the impairment substantially limits the student's learning or other major life activities.
  • results of testing using appropriate test instruments and an explanation of those test results: achievement, intelligence, executive functioning.
  • recommendations for accommodations with an explanation of those test results.

3.  Once the University receives all necessary documentation and reviews the requested accommodations in the context of the factors outlined above, reasonable accommodations available will be discussed in a conference with the student.   

4.  Each semester, the student is required to complete a Semester Release of Information Form, which legally authorizes the University to contact the student’s instructors and provide them with the accommodation plan.  It is the responsibility of the student to keep the University informed of any additional information and/or changes relating to one's disability that will impact a current program of accommodation. 

Information for Students

Note-taking for Students with Disabilities
Tips for Students with ADHD
How students with a Learning Disability can Self-Advocate in College


Policies & Procedures

Rights & Responsibilities for Students
Confidentiality & Disclosure of Disability Information
Denial of Disability Services Appeal Process

Forms

Disability Services Request Form
Disability Documentation Form – Physical
Disability Documentation Form – Learning/Psychological
Semester Release of Information Form
Alternative Text Individual User Agreement
Release of Records Form

Information for Professors

Faculty and Staff Rights & Responsibilities
Test Taking FAQ
Universal Design
Guidelines for Medical Emergencies
Autism Disorders