The OALA policy and procedure on accommodations explains the role of OALA in making initial determinations on appropriate and necessary accommodations. This is an interactive process. Disagreements among students, instructors, other staff, and OALA over accommodations are elevated first to the director of OALA, and if necessary up the appropriate chain of command for the particular program or service for further review as part of the interactive process. OALA can also assist students with disabilities in the informal resolution of issues that may arise with faculty, staff, or other students.
Formal complaints of discrimination on the basis of disability must be filed under the Baylor Civil Rights Policy.
Americans with Disabilities Act
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act states that "no otherwise qualified individual with disabilities in the United States...shall, solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance". The ADA furthered this provision against discrimination by including all institutions, private or otherwise.
Learning Ally, a nonprofit organization, is the nation's educational library serving people who cannot read standard print effectively because of a visual impairment, learning disability or other physical disability. Learning Ally lends audiobooks in a broad range of subjects at all educational levels, from kindergarten to post-graduate studies.
Association of Higher Education and Disability
AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education. AHEAD dynamically addresses current and emerging issues with respect to disability, education, and accessibility to achieve universal access.
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
CHADD is the nations leading non-profit organization serving individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Through collaborative leadership, advocacy, research, education and support, CHADD provides science-based, evidence-based information about ADD/ADHD to parents, educators, professionals, the media and the general public.
National Institute of Mental Health
NIMH is an organization of the National Institute of Health. This web site offers information on psychological disabilities including anxiety, ADHD, ADD, PDD, Bipolar, Depression, Eating Disorders, Schizophrenia and more.
National Center for Learning Disabilities
NCLD offers information on various learning disabilities. The information includes legal rights, research and coping techniques.