Considering going to the UAC?
Here are some common questions reported by students who have been considering visiting the UAC:
The UAC seeks to provide students with disabilities equal access to all opportunities at BYU and to create an environment that facilitates learning and assists students in reaching their full potential. UAC services include providing disability-related academic and housing accommodations, psycho-educational testing, and more. At the very least, the UAC can provide a supportive environment where you can discuss your concerns with a qualified coordinator and receive some direction.
If you suspect you may have a disability but are unsure, please don’t hesitate to make an appointment to discuss your situation. While the UAC’s foremost responsibility is to assist students who have documented disabilities, we might also be able to help guide a student through the process of determining whether a disability exists. The first step is to schedule an intake appointment with one of our coordinators, who will review any medical documentation you may already have. If your situation has never been assessed or if you need further evaluation, we can often help by referring you to other resources as appropriate (e.g., Student Health Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, in-house psycho-educational testing, local health care professionals, etc.).
If you contact the UAC and would like to meet with a coordinator, you’ll first be asked to fill out an online intake form. You can do this on any computer, or you can ask to fill it out on an iPad in our lobby. After you’ve filled out the intake form, call or drop by (801-422- 2767; 2170 WSC) and talk with our front desk staff to schedule an intake appointment. Our front desk staff will ask you a few questions (e.g., have ever been to the UAC before, what is the nature of your suspected disability, etc.) in order to schedule you with the appropriate coordinator. During Fall/Winter semesters, most coordinators are scheduled out an average of one week, but this could vary based on a number of factors. During Spring/Summer terms, it is often possible to get in sooner. Once you are scheduled, you simply go to the UAC at the agreed upon day and time. If you have any documentation of a disability, please bring this to the UAC prior to or at the time of your appointment.
You will be seated in our lobby where you will wait for your coordinator to come and greet you. You will be taken back to your coordinator’s private office, where your coordinator will briefly describe what an intake appointment entails (e.g., getting to know your background and concerns). If you have any documentation with you, your coordinator will review the documents and may have some questions for you. Based on your concerns and/or your documentation, your coordinator will try to provide you with services that may include academic accommodations, help with petitions, assistance in working with professors, referrals to other resources, etc. Appointments typically last about 60 minutes.
All of our coordinators at the UAC have been trained and are experienced in working with individuals with disabilities. We have coordinators who have received specialized training and experience in working with mental health and physical health conditions.
If you have procedural questions that need to be addressed before setting up an appointment with a coordinator, you are welcome to call the front desk staff (801-422- 2767). If they are unable to answer your questions, they will transfer your call to a coordinator (if one is available to take your call), or they will recommend that you go ahead and schedule an intake appointment with a coordinator so that your questions can be addressed in detail.
Aside from our staff (full-time and student employees) and other clients who might be at the UAC, your
visit to the UAC will be kept confidential. Information regarding your diagnosis, symptoms, and
disability-related history will not be disclosed to your professors or other BYU faculty or staff without
your permission. Letters of accommodation (which are forwarded electronically by each student to
their professors) do include information regarding the specific accommodations that have been granted,
a statement about your rights to receive accommodations, and the professional credentials of your
coordinator. Information about your disability will not show up on your academic transcript, nor will it
be provided to any future employer without your permission.
With regard to individual meetings with coordinators, it should be noted that there are a few rare situations (e.g., situations in which an individual is in grave danger) in which a UAC coordinator may be bound by laws to break confidentiality in order to ensure the safety of the student or another person. If you have concerns about this, please bring them up with your coordinator during any appointment.
- Reaching Educational and Career Hopes (REACH) Program
Students with disabilities may receive assistance with internships, employment or career related endeavors.
- Disability Scholarships
Students with disabilities may apply for scholarships dedicated specifically to them.
- Volunteer Opportunities
The University Accessibility Center is seeking dedicated volunteers looking for meaningful opportunities to serve students with disabilities.
- Delta Alpha Pi International Society
Qualified students with disabilities may join Delta Alpha Pi (DAP), which presents an opportunity to change inaccurate perceptions of students with disabilities by recognizing students with disabilities for their academic accomplishment. In addition, DAP facilitates the development of skills in leadership, advocacy, and education for participating students.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (BYU Chapter)
Students with or without disabilities can join the BYU Chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), which is a BYU academic association that organizes campus education forums, weekly support groups, and service activities.
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