The Office of Learning Services offers helpful accommodations to students with disabilities

Lyle Hall is home to the Office of Learning Services where students can receive accommodations for learning and physical disabilities. Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Carly O’Neill
Staff Writer

Millersville University offers several accommodations to students on campus with disabilities raging from ADHD to physical disabilities including asthma or allergies. The Office of Learning Services is offered on campus to help students succeed.

In order to obtain this individualized assistance, students must fill out an application online before qualifying for these specific accommodations. The link to the Special Assistance Request Form for Students with Disabilities can be found here.

All students who are trying to acquire academic accommodations for a learning disability must provide some form of documentation with either a psychological evaluation or an evaluation report.

Some of the educational accommodations offered to students include extended testing time or out of class testing in order to reduce distractions, assigned note takers, specialized coaching for students with ADHD or Autism, pre-recorded lectures, sign language interpreters, early registration, and many more.

Individualized academic skills assistance is offered to students with learning disabilities. This area of assistance caters to individuals who need help in or feel the need to work on their critical thinking, organizational and time management skills, study skills, reading comprehension, and writing. Psychology graduate assistants will work with pupils one on one to help them strengthen their academic skills and feel more confident throughout the rest of their educational career.

Students with physical disabilities are provided with special accommodations by the Director and staff of the Office of Learning Services to help improve their college experience. Arrangements extended to these specified students include testing accommodations, auxiliary aids, and housing assistance.

The Office of Learning Services also provides alternative textbooks free of charge to students who are eligible through a membership. To qualify for this free individual membership, students can visit here to sign up. If accepted, students will be added to the Office of Learning Services’ Bookshare and Learning Ally organization where the books can be accessed directly from the websites.

Additionally, learning services also provides an assistive technology lab to students with disabilities in order to enhance their core subject skills. Some of the current programs offered include a braille printer, zoom text, self-paced software for reading, ESL, math, writing, and study skills, and high speed scanners.

If you’re a current Millersville student and you feel like you need some of the mentioned accommodations or simply want to learn more about learning or physical disabilities, please visit the Office of Learning Services located on the third floor of  Lyle Hall, or visit their website.