Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services coordinates academic accommodations for students with mental, physical and developmental disabilities. This office requires certain documentation from a medical or mental health provider in order to offer various accommodations to students. Such academic accommodations may include extra time on tests and quizzes, an isolated testing room for a quieter and less distracting environment, preferential seating in the front row of the classroom, and note-taking assistance, among other modifications. Request for disability services forms are available through this office or download them from this website. If and when a student’s application is approved, the Office of Disability Services will provide the student with a letter for their instructors. While it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to ensure they have received the adjustments they need in the classroom, this office is the first point of contact for all students with disabilities and will try to ensure that every qualified person who needs reasonable accommodations on campus can get them.

EMERGENCY EVACUATION FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Forms and Documents

Please note that all forms, including the Request for Disability Services Form, should only be filled out by the student. While students may allow their parents or guardians to help them, students should not have anyone else (including their medical or mental health providers) fill out the forms on their behalf. Separate documentation from licensed evaluators and treatment providers is required to support a student’s application and to verify any health conditions (see General Guidelines for more information).

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Hours of Operation

Counseling and disability services are available:
Monday – Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm.
Students are seen by appointment only, so please call ahead of time.

To schedule an appointment, please contact Disabilityservices@flpoly.org. Email is the preferred method of contact, but you can also call 63-874-8489.

Johnson Scholarship

The Johnson Scholarship can offer significant financial assistance for qualified individuals that can show documentation of the nature and/or extent of a disability. The disability must be in one or more of the following classifications: Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; Autism Spectrum Disorder; Blind or Low Vision; Deaf/Hard of Hearing; Orthopedic Disability; Psychological, Emotional, or Behavioral Disability; Speech/Language Disability; Specific Learning Disability; Traumatic Brain Injury; and/or Other Health Disabilities.

Click here to learn more and apply.

Registry for Self-Identification of Persons with Disabilities

  • Complete the following

  • Waiver to opt out

    As stated in the emergency evacuation plan, self-identification is voluntary. Although the University strongly encourages individuals who may need assistance during an emergency to identify themselves to the University in order to collaborate on development of a personal emergency plan, you may decline to do so. By checking the box below, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the University's emergency evacuation plan and decline to collaborate on development of a personal emergency plan.
  • When personal information changes

    Any individual requiring assistance shall update his/her self-identification information:

    • Annually, no later than January 31 of each calendar year; or
    • Whenever circumstances warrant an update (e.g., changes in his or her condition that would require a change in assistance).

    Personal emergency plans

    Once an individual submits a self-identification questionnaire, the Office of Environmental Health and Safety shall work with the individual, his or her supervisor, the Office of Student Affairs (if applicable) and the relevant building manager to develop a personal emergency plan that includes specific evacuation procedures, sheltering procedures and means of communication in the event of an emergency. This plan shall include:

    • Identifying the safest area located on each floor within the building to which a person with disabilities can be moved or directed to await assistance from emergency response personnel; and
    • Designating a means to inform emergency response personnel (e.g., police, fire) of the locations of any person(s) requiring assistance.

    A copy of all personal emergency plans shall be located in the Fire Department Information Center (FDIC) for each building the individual is reasonably expected to routinely occupy (e.g., classroom, dormitory, library).

    Rescue Assistants

    The University shall ask the individual with disabilities to identify at least two rescue assistants capable of offering assistance in evacuation during an emergency. A rescue assistant shall be someone who is likely to be in a building during the same time frame as the individual but not necessarily in the same area. A rescue assistant can be a co-worker or student. It is recommended that in either case the rescue assistant be a friend. An employee’s department or the Office of Student Affairs is available to assist individuals in identifying rescue assistants.

    The Office of Environmental Health and Safety shall provide rescue assistants and other personal emergency plan participants (e.g., police, resident assistants) training on the:

    1. Contents of this policy and procedure;
    2. Fire safety procedures;
    3. Process to assess surroundings in an emergency;
    4. Process to assist the individual with a disability without causing injury should the need to move him/her physically become necessary;
    5. Procedures to communicate with the individual; and
    6. Understanding what equipment needs to be evacuated with the person with a disability or where back-up supplies (e.g., wheelchairs, oxygen) can be obtained.

    Release of Confidential Information

    By filling out this self-identification form, I do hereby acknowledge that I understand the purpose of this online registry, have had any questions answered that I may have posed to the University, and thus voluntarily consent to receiving a personal emergency plan. I also authorize Florida Poly to release confidential information to any individuals (including parents, legal guardians, work supervisors, residence hall staff, etc.) that I may have listed as contacts on this form, when needed for my protection in the event of an emergency. This consent shall remain in effect until my date of graduation from Florida Poly, unless it is withdrawn in writing by me. I understand that if I would like to withdraw or amend this authorization, I must submit a written request.

    In the box below, please type your name to serve as your electronic signature. For students who are minors under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must type his/her name to serve as the electronic signature.

 

In accordance with the Department of Justice’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design, updates are made regularly to the Florida Polytechnic University website at flpoly.org to ensure that all information is accessible to people with disabilities. This is done through the WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool (http://wave.webaim.org/), which is run on a monthly basis and notifies the university’s web development team of all missing items or things that need to be changed in order to meet ADA Compliance.