Steps to Register
Registration is on a voluntary, self-identifying basis with services available after a student has registered and presents certified current documentation of the specific disability from a psychologist, physician, or other appropriate professional.
Registration of Process
The Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services approves and coordinates accommodations to help students with disabilities achieve academic and personal success. If a student has a disability, he or she should inquire about disability services with his or her academic advisor or may contact the office directly.
All documentation must be submitted through the MyBrandman student portal and is kept confidential.
Students are responsible for inquiring about accommodations, working with their instructors and arranging for special materials.
Meeting the Criteria
Students desiring and requesting academic support services for disabilities are required to submit appropriate documentation to verify eligibility under Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)/Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act of 2008 (ADAA). All assessment reports, medical information and other related documentation will be kept confidential in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), as well as the professional and ethical standards of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).
The Academic Advisor and student should discuss and decide if the student would like to submit documentation to the Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services in order to determine if he or she meets the criteria. Registration with the Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services is on a voluntary, self-identifying basis.
Documentation from physician, psychologist, or appropriate professional may consist of the follow:
- Statement of the student's present level of functioning and how his or her life functioning is impaired.
- Veterans Affairs documentation
- A complete educational, psychological, developmental, and/or medial report indicating disabilities
- Description of specific accommodations requested and detailed explanation of why each accommodation is recommended
Documentation Submission & Review
Students must submit the following documentation through the Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services page on MyBrandman:
- Alternative Media Request
Student Data Sheet
Loaned Hardware/Software Agreement
Professional Disability Documentation
Please note that the above forms will only be accepted through the MyBrandman webpage and cannot be faxed, emailed, or returned in person with the exception of the Professional Disability Documentation Form, which will need to be completed and signed by a medical or clinical professional. Please contact the Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services to make arrangements when submitting the Professional Disability Documentation Form.
Once everything is received, the Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services reviews the submitted documentation and contacts the student to discuss his or her requests.
Once the student is registered and accepted with the Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services, an Accommodations Notification Letter will be sent to the student, academic advisor, campus director and the director of Virtual Learning Administration. Only accommodations will be stated in the letter; the specific disability will not be disclosed. During the student's educational career at Brandman University, the faculty will automatically be provided with the Accommodations Notification Letter two weeks prior to the beginning of each session, if the student grants the university permission.
Once students are accepted and registered with the office, they are responsible for the following:
- Communicating with his or her professors after the plan for accommodations has been established.
- Contacting the office if the student needs books in an alternate format, etc. Allow 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the session for processing.
The Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services
16355 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Irvine, CA 92618
Loren O'Connor, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Chancellor
Mobile: (949) 241-1848
Phone: (949) 341-9823
Fax: (714) 644-9973
Henry Metcalf, Ph.D.
Accessible Education Specialist
Phone: (949) 333-9286
Fax: (714) 644-9973