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Disability Support

Saint Vincent College values diversity and equity, and it is committed to providing a learning environment that is accessible to all students. The college follows the standards and guidelines set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Please contact the Director of Academic Accommodations, Ms. Marisa Carlson, by email or by phone at 724-805-2828.

Students may initiate the process at any time during the year; however, they are encouraged to contact the Director of Academic Accommodations as early as possible to begin the process. First-year students are especially encouraged to contact the office soon after committing to enroll at the college. In order to be eligible for academic accommodations, students are required to submit the following documentation, completed by a licensed professional, to the Director of Academic Accommodations:

  • diagnosis of a specific disability (learning, medical, psychiatric),
  • explanation of evaluations used and test results;
  • limitations in an educational setting;
  • explanation of recommended accommodations.

Accommodations are determined on an individual basis and through an interactive process. In accordance with a student’s documentation, reasonable accommodations may include:

  • Distraction-limited test environment
  • Extended test time
  • Reader for exams
  • Computer exam format
  • Permission to electronically record lectures
  • Note-takers
  • Alternate format for written material

Reasonable academic accommodations do not alter essential elements of courses, programs or activities. They are modifications which allow otherwise qualified individuals to have an equal opportunity in the classroom.

Guidance and support are offered to students in the following areas: study skills, time management, course scheduling, self-advocacy skills, peer tutoring, personal and career development and referrals for learning disability testing.

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)
The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry can provide funding for learning disability testing, tuition, adaptive equipment and other services. If you are a Pennsylvania resident, please call 1-800-762-4223 for more information and a referral to a local OVR counselor. 

For more information, please contact the Director of Academic Accommodations, Ms. Marisa Carlson, by email or by phone at 724-805-2828.