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Getting Started

Students who hope to use DRC services must follow the process described below.

Contact the DRC for an intake

Students desiring to receive services from the DRC may call 435-797-2444 or come into the office (University Inn, 101) to set an appointment with a counselor. Appointments for students living outside of Cache Valley may be conducted via phone or using Web-conferencing software.

Fill out application and other paper work

Prior to your intake appointment you will be asked to fill out an application and complete other paperwork. If you are coming into the office for your appointment please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment in order to complete the paperwork. If you are conducting your intake via the phone please fill out and submit our online application prior to your intake.

Intake appointment

During the intake appointment a DRC counselor will discuss with you your academic goals, your current academic standing, and the barriers you may be experiencing. All students who receive services from the DRC are required to demonstrate and/or document a disability (documentation guidelines). If you already have documentation please bring it with you to your intake appointment, if not, options for obtaining documentation will be discussed during the intake appointment.

Documentation

If you were instructed to provide documentation of your disability please do so in keeping with our documentation guidelines as soon as possible. If you were referred for testing please make sure that a copy of your evaluation is forwarded to the DRC.

Accommodation appointment

Using the information you provided during the intake and information found in your documentation your counselor will work with you to identify and establish appropriate accommodations. Students are responsible to communicate with their DRC counselor any problems or concerns that may arise related to classes or accommodations. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate with the DRC each semester regarding accommodations they hope to use.

Eligibility & Documentation Guidelines

Eligibility for DRC programs is based on the presence of a disability. Accommodations are based on the current impact of a disability. The DRC will use any relevant source of information when making determinations about eligibility and accommodations.

The use of previous services and related documentation such as IEP's and 504's will be taken into consideration when determining eligibility. Further documentation of a disability may be needed to help determine if a disability exists or to improve our ability to recommend specific accommodations. When documentation is required it should:

  • Be from a licensed professional such as a medical doctor, audiologist, or psychologist.
  • Be in writing, printed on letterhead with the name, and specialty of the provider stated.
  • Clearly state the nature of the disability.
  • Discuss limitations that are experienced in the academic environment due to the disability.

If the disability is a learning disability or the accommodations requested are related to cognition, a comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation is needed. The evaluation report should include all standard test scores, subtest scores, and the evaluator’s narrative.