Allison Kowlessar, Coordinator
Lina Villegas, Administrative Assistant
The primary purpose of the Office of Disability Services is to provide academic accommodations to those students with documented disabilities.
In addition, the office provides leadership and guidance to the campus community to enhance understanding and support of ODS while ensuring compliance with legal requirements for equal access. The office supports the caring environment of Barry University through its one-on-one relationships with students and strives to provide a holistic educational experience which prepares each student to be united and equal with the non-disabled population, while assuring their human and legal rights.
Accommodations are granted on a case-by-case basis by those students who are eligible under our documentation guidelines and in compliance with all Federal and State Laws.
The student may appeal any decisions related to their request for accommodations to the Director of Disability Services in writing within 10 days. Any position, paper, brief, medical documentation or other written material which the student desires to be reviewed shall be submitted together with the notice of appeal. The Director shall investigate and respond in writing to the notice of appeal stating his or her decision together with the reasons for either affirming or reversing either previous decision as to an accommodation or auxiliary aid. If a student wishes to appeal the decision of the Director, she/he may file a grievance with the University ADA Coordinator, Dr. Eileen McDonough.
Sign Language Interpreter/ CART Services Policy
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) Barry University provides auxiliary aids and services, to facilitate equal access for students who are deaf and / or hard of hearing to all curricular and co-curricular activities. In order to receive a sign language Interpreter and/or CART services, students must be registered with the Office of Disability Services.
II. Auxiliary Aids and Services include: 1) Qualified interpreters on-site or through video remote interpreting (VRI) services; note takers; real-time computer-aided transcription services; written materials; exchange of written notes; telephone handset amplifiers; assistive listening devices; assistive listening systems; telephones compatible with hearing aids; closed caption decoders; open and closed captioning, including real-time captioning; voice, text, and video-based telecommunications products and systems, including text telephones (TTYs), videophones, and captioned telephones, or equally effective telecommunications devices; videotext displays; accessible electronic and information technology; or other effective methods of making aurally delivered information available to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
III. Student Requests
- If you require interpreting and/or CART services (“Services”) for classes, you must inform the Office of Disability Services (ODS) when you initially meet with your Disability Coordinator.
- You must meet with your Disability Coordinator prior to any request for Services.
- You must also submit your registration for classes to ODS by the priority registration date (a minimum of 2 weeks before the start of classes).
- Failure to comply with any of these preliminary requirements may cause a delay in ODS providing you Services.
- To request an interpreter for any event other than a regularly scheduled class (i.e., a meeting, field trip, counseling, etc.) you must complete a service request form at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the event, forms can be accessed at http://www.barry.edu/disability-services/forms/.
- Any failure to give ODS forty-eight (48) hours advanced notice of your request for interpreting or CART services may result in the inability of ODS to provide the requested services.
Notification of Changes
- You must provide ODS no less than twenty (24) hours (one business day) advance notice for all changes and cancellations for Services.
- You must provide ODS notice even if there are others in the class using interpreters or CART services.
- In order to provide notification of changes you must complete a Change Support Service Form at http://www.barry.edu/disability-services/forms/, and submit the form to the ODS office within the twenty (24) hour period.
- Changes include, but are not limited to, classroom changes, time changes, one-time cancellations (including exams), permanent cancellations, plans to leave class early, arrive late or any other alterations in your regular schedule that would apply to interpreting services.
- If you are unable to attend class or an event in which services were scheduled to be provided, you must contact the ODS office no less than twenty (24) hours (one business day) prior to missing the class or event at (305) 899-3488 to cancel the scheduled interpreting or CART services. If you must notify ODS after business hours (8:30 am to 5:00 pm), you must contact the interpreter or CART service provider directly to advise the provider that you will not be attending class or the scheduled event.
- If you are notifying us with less than 24 hours’ notice, this will be considered a LATE CANCELLATION. (See section below on “late cancellations and no shows”.)
IV. Cancellations and No Shows
Any cancellation that is submitted to ODS less than 24 hours (one business day) prior to class time will be considered a late cancellation.
If the cancellation is classified as a late cancellation and the interpreter or CART service provider charges Barry a late cancellation fee, this fee will be charged to your student account.
ODS understands that there will be times when it is not possible to provide a twenty-four (24) hour advance notice. In these cases, ODS will evaluate the reason for the late cancellation on a case-by-case basis. If the reason is adequate, your student account will not be charged any late cancellation fee accessed by the interpreter or CART service provider.
Interpreters and CART service providers will wait for a maximum of 15 minutes after the start of the class. If you have not contacted our office prior to the start of your scheduled class, assignment or meeting and you do not show up within 15 minutes of the start of that class, it is considered a no-show. If you are a no-show and the interpreter or CART service provider charges Barry a no-show fee, this fee will be accessed to your student account.
ODS understands that there may be a legitimate reason for being a no-show. In these cases, ODS will evaluate the reason for the no-show on a case-by-case basis. If the reason is adequate, your student account will not be charged a non-show fee accessed by the interpreter or CART service provider.
Issues or concerns with regard to an interpreter should be reported to the ODS, in writing. Every reasonable effort will be made to resolve the situation fairly and expeditiously.