Apply for CAS Services

 

Students seeking academic accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act must apply for services with the Center for Accessibility Services (CAS) to determine eligibility. Students qualified for academic accommodations will receive access plans and should meet with each course professor during office hours, to review and discuss accommodations. For more information, call 540-831-6350, or VP for students who are Deaf/HOH call 540-922-1176.

How to Apply for Services with CAS (only need to do this one time)

  1. Go to the CAS Application for Services form
  2. Complete the CAS Application for Services form
  3. Upload documentation if available
  4. After completing, click on the "submit" button
  5. Students will receive an email confirming submission (if no email is received, contact CAS at cas@radford.edu or 540-831-6350 or VP for students who are Deaf/HOH 540-922-1176)

Then What?

  1. The CAS Application for Services form will be reviewed by a CAS Coordinator, who will reach out to the student to schedule an interview within a week
  2. The student and the CAS Coordinator will discuss and decide on specific accommodations
  3. The Coordinator will approve the accommodations in ACCESS CAS and create the Access Plan.
  4. The student will receive an email that the accommodations have been approved
  5. The Access Plan will be available for the student to review in ACCESS CAS (the student does not sign it at this time)
  6. The student's instructors will receive an email making them aware the student will contact them to discuss accommodations
  7. Once the student meets with Instructors, discusses and agrees upon the accommodations, the student and the professor need to sign the semester's ACCESS plan.

Accommodations are not in place until BOTH the student and the instructor have met and agreed to the accommodations, and signed the Access Plan.  

 

Quest Accommodation Information

Quest is the campus orientation for new and transfer students.

If you need accommodations during Quest, please notify New Student and Family Programs at orientation@radford.edu

Quest is an excellent time to set up a meeting with a CAS Coordinator.  Make an appointment.

The meeting is an interactive process between the coordinator and student to discuss any challenges the student may face in the classroom and/or around campus. 

The Coordinator can request additional documentation to qualify a requested accommodation. The Center for Accessibility Services (CAS) can provide a referral for Psycho-Educational Testing Centers and other resources.

Freshmen and Transfer Students Information

If you have completed and submitted all paperwork using the CAS Application for Services online form .

NOW WHAT?

  1. The CAS Application for Services online form will be reviewed by a CAS Coordinator. Student will receive an email (RU email) asking student to set up a time for an interview appointment.
  2. During the interview appointment, the student and the CAS Coordinator will discuss and decide on specific accommodations.
  3. The Coordinator will approve the accommodations in ACCESS CAS and create the Access Plan.
  4. The student will receive an email that the accommodations have been approved.
  5. The Access Plan will be available for the student to review in ACCESS CAS (the student does not sign it at this time).
  6. The student's instructors will receive an email making them aware the student will contact them to discuss accomodations.
  7. Once the student meets with instructors, discussed accommodations, and all have agreed, the student will electronically sign the semester's Access Plan.

ACCESS CAS Information

Documentation Guidelines

The diagnosis alone is not enough to establish eligibility for accommodations under the ADA. There must also be evidence of a “substantial limitation” in one or more major life activities, such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, caring for self, performing manual tasks, working or learning. These guidelines are provided to help the evaluating professional document his/her findings in a manner that meets requirements of the ADA and supports the request for accommodations.

If documentation is available, such as: an IEP, 504, Psychological Evaluation, Service Plan, Medical Documentation, Audiogram, Vision Test, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Documentation (VA), please share it with your CAS Coordinator. 

*Any diagnosis written on a prescription pad will not be accepted.  

 

Evaluation reports and documentation support the determination of appropriate accommodations.  A CAS Coordinator could ask for these documents to be shared at any time.  Best practice in the event for more information would be to have this paperwork readily available.  

Vital information from an outside professional may support the request for accommodations and answer a variety of questions:

  • The diagnoses in which accommodations are being requested (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual code, if applicable)
  • Previous history of the condition and prognosis
  • Description of current functional limitations. Description must include an explanation of how the diagnosis substantially limits a major life activity.
  • Address the severity of the condition and the impact it has in the learning environment where accommodations are being requested
  • Recommendations. Specific recommendations for accommodations and a rationale for why each accommodation is recommended. However, the Center for Accessibility Services (CAS) will determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations applicable to Radford University.

Recommendations from professionals with a working knowledge of the individual’s history will provide valuable information for the review process. Professional recommendations congruent with the mission and services offered by CAS will be given serious consideration. 

 

YOU MAY SUBMIT YOUR Documentation INFORMATION when applying for CAS Services

  1. Complete the CAS Application for Services form.
  2. Upload your documentation.
  3. Click submit.
  4. Students will receive an email confirming submission (if no email is received, contact CAS at cas@radford.edu or 540-831-6350).