Disability Access Center

Disability Access Center

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Welcome

Welcome to the Disability Access Center (DAC)! The DAC is committed to promoting and ensuring equal access and opportunity for students with disabilities at Purdue Fort Wayne. We facilitate access to students with disabilities by determining reasonable accommodations and working with campus partners to create an inclusive university experience and environment. We are happy that you are here and the DAC is ready to support you in your education!

The DAC is open for virtual appointments during the Spring 2021 semester. You can contact us by email at: dac@pfw.edu or by phone at 260-481-6657.

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Our Process

The Role of the Disability Access Center

The Disability Access Center (DAC) is the office designated by Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW) to provide services, resources, and programs to facilitate inclusive learning opportunities, resulting in full participation for disabled students, faculty, staff, and guests of PFW. The DAC also determines whether students are eligible for reasonable accommodation and, if so, the nature of the reasonable accommodation.

The Accommodation Request Process

The Disability Access Center (DAC) serves all Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW) students with disabilities by facilitating access to fully participating in all campus environments. The DAC determines whether students are eligible for reasonable accommodation and, if so, the nature of the reasonable accommodation. The DAC does not test for, diagnose, or treat disability but relies on third-party documentation when determining accommodations. The DAC is responsible for the final determination of what constitutes a reasonable accommodation. The DAC will consult with the Purdue Office of Legal Counsel, when needed.  

It is the responsibility of the student to make their disability status and need for an accommodation known to the university. The following are steps students can take to receive accommodations while at PFW:

  • Reach out to the DAC to self-identify as a student with a disability. Students can do this at any point during their PFW experience, including at any point during the semester.
  • The DAC uses an interactive process designed to be convenient for students. If a student is new to the DAC they are encouraged to fill out the Accommodation Request Form (ARF), found on the right side of this webpage.
  • The DAC will meet with the student to learn more about the students’ experience, including reviewing any third-party documentation that the student provides. During this welcome meeting, the student and the DAC will determine appropriate accommodations to ensure the student has an equitable experience relative to their non-disabled peers.
  • The DAC will provide the student with their Course Accessibility Letter (CAL). The CAL will include appropriate accommodations that were discussed during the welcome meeting.
  • The student is encouraged to share their CAL with any instructors of courses they determine disability accommodations will be needed for. The DAC also encourages students to discuss their accommodation needs with each of their course instructors.

Disability Documentation and Confidentiality

The Disability Access Center (DAC) is the custodian of student medical records obtained for the purpose of providing reasonable accommodations. Disability and medical information maintained by the DAC is confidential and is not shared with individuals or units outside of the DAC except where disclosure is required by law or is necessary to facilitate legitimate University processes, such as addressing direct threats or investigating claims or charges. 

ADA/504 Compliance

Purdue University Fort Wayne is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Under applicable laws, including Title IX, the Education Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, gender identity, religion, disability or other prohibited matters in employment, educational programs or admissions. 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), no qualified individual will be denied access to, participate in, or the benefits of, any program or activity operated by Purdue University Fort Wayne because of disability.

Credit

We are grateful to the authors of Refocus 2.0: A Disability Resource Professional's Toolkit, Purdue University West Lafayette Disability Resource Center, and Ferris State University Educational/Career Counseling and Disability Services for adoption, guidance and inspiration for the wording on this site.