Ed Derr
Director of Counseling, Disability Services & Testing
Office: (417) 873-7457

About Disability Support Services

Overview and process for receiving accommodation

Commitment to Serve and Support

Drury University is committed to providing a hospitable environment to academically qualified students with disabilities and to comply fully with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Services for students with disabilities are coordinated by the Director of Disability Support. To begin the process of planning for success, students are encouraged to present appropriate and current documentation (within three years) before their first semester of classes. Accommodations will be determined by the Director of Disability Support based on the documentation and communicated to faculty members each semester with the content of the student.

Process of Receiving Accommodation

The Disability Support Services Office provides services for students who qualify based upon:

  1. A disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities, and;

  2. Documentation is received that outlines the nature of the student's disability and condition (Evaluated and prepared by Vocational Rehabilitation evaluator, psychologist, psychiatrist, medical doctor). Documentation that identifies previous accommodation strategies or those strategies recommended is helpful. This information should be no more than three years old. Students who have I.E.P. documentation may need additional documentation in order to receive the appropriate accommodations; and

  3. A personal meeting with the director will be scheduled with the student to complete the process. The director will meet with each student on an individual basis to set up an accommodation plan. The plan identifies specific accommodation services that will be provided for the student, as well as outline the responsibilities for both the student and the Disability Support Services office. Services are individualized in an attempt to provide the most appropriate services for the needs of the student.

Examples of Accommodations

Available, but not limited to:

  • Extended time during exams
  • Testing in a distraction-free environment
  • Audio textbooks
  • Student note-takers
  • Preferential seating
  • Tape recorded lectures
  • Sign language interpreters