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Disability Services

Doris Stusiak, Director


Student Center 240

1200 S. Jay St.

Aberdeen, S.D. 57401


Phone: 605-626-2371

Fax: 605-626-3399

E-mail: Doris Stusiak


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Disability Resources and Information

Student Obligations

To be eligible for accommodation, the student should:

  • Contact the Office of Disability Services in the University Center Room 219 as early as possible
  • Submit any required medical or other diagnostic documentation of disability or limitations
  • Participate in additional evaluations as required
  • Make timely, appropriate disclosures and requests for accommodations
  • Actively participate in the securing of accommodations and auxiliary aids
  • If necessary, apply for funding for specialized support services from vocational rehabilitation agencies


Reduced Course Load/Extended Graduation Date
As an accommodation to students with verified disabilities, the university may consider granting full-time status to an undergraduate student enrolled for less than 12 credit hours or to a graduate student enrolled for less than 9 credit hours. To the extent that it is within the university's discretion, a student's request will be granted if it can be shown that:
(1) the student has a verified disability;
(2) the disability restricts the rate of the student's progress, in general, or in specific courses; and
(3) it is unreasonable to expect the student to perform well academically with an increased work load.
For example, a student who relies on taped books and is in an area of study requiring a great deal of reading may need a reduced course load every semester. However, if a student, due to a disabling condition, experiences difficulty only in a certain discipline, then a reduced course load might be appropriate only in those semesters when the student registers for courses in that discipline.
For purposes of federal financial aid, the granting of full-time status by the university is not controlling unless applicable federal regulations give the university authority to establish its own standards for full-time enrollment. The university may, when permissible, assist the student in petitioning the federal authorities for an exception, but cannot overrule the federal government's stipulation that for some federal financial aid programs full-time undergraduate students must be enrolled for twelve or more hours. Similarly, the policy will be implemented in a manner consistent with NCAA requirements regarding eligibility for athletics.

Referral to Psychoeducational Testing
If you feel you may have a learning disability but do not have documentation you can be tested at the following locations:
Northern Plains Psychological Associates
701 N. 1st Street Aberdeen, SD 67401
Contact: Dr. Robert Patterson
Northeastern Mental Health Center
401 S. Main Aberdeen, SD 57401
Contact: Dr. Kent Miller
LD Documentation Guidelines
Recommended Test:
  • Aptitude
  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Test-Revised (Wais-r) WAIS III
  • Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-educational Battery-Revised: Test of Cognitive Ability
  • Kaufman Adolescent and Adult Intelligence Test
  • Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale (4th ed.)
  • Academic Achievement
  • Scholastic Abilities Test for Adults
  • Stanford Test of Academic Skills
  • Woodcock Johnson Psycho-educational Battery-Revised: Test of Achievement
  • Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT)
  • Or specific achievement test such as :
  • Nelson-Denny Reading Skills Test
  • Stanford Diagnostic Mathematics Test
  • Test of Written Language (TOWL-3)
  • Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests-Revised

A single test can not determine the existence of a learning disability. Therefore, a student should be administered a test that measures aptitude and academic achievement.
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