Disability Services

Learning Disability

  1. Completion of LEC Accommodations Application
    Application forms are available by request from the Learning Enrichment Center (LEC). The Accommodations Application and interview are available after the student has been accepted for admission to Azusa Pacific University.
  2. Interview
    The student must call and schedule an appointment with an LEC advisor.
  3. Discussion of Current Learning Problems
    A discussion of current learning problems and issues will take place during the interview. Review of admissions information (including transcripts and test scores) and any other supportive documents, if available, also occurs at this time.
  4. Review of Previous School Records (if previously identified)
    The student to request that a copy of his/her previous school records be sent to the LEC. Previous documentation should not be more than three years old from the date the student requests accommodations. School records should contain the following information:
    1. The basis for an LD diagnosis (test scores, poor performance, etc.)
    2. Copy of the individual education plan (IEP) with goals and techniques used by the special services department to remediate the learning disability
    3. Description of progress made by the student
    4. Reason(s) for termination of services (when applicable)
  5. Evaluation and Assessment
    If test scores are unavailable or outdated (more than three years old from the date that the student requests accommodations), a recent assessment will be necessary and the conditions listed below apply.
  6. Assessment Criteria
    A licensed or qualified individual must perform a psycho-educational evaluation. Assessment information required by APU for evaluation purposes are:
    1. Standard scores, percentiles, and performance level narrative based on an IQ/Cognitive battery and an achievement battery. Examples of acceptable tests include:
      • Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-EducationalBattery I and II-Revised (WJ-R)
      • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Revised (WAIS-R or III)
      • Wide Range Achievement Test-3 (WRAT-3)
    2. Specific area(s) of academic dysfunction/discrepancy
    3. Specific area(s) of perceptual dysfunction/discrepancy

    Note: The identification of percentile rank alone is not sufficient to qualify for services. In addition, the evaluation must clearly state that the student is learning disabled.

  7. Review of the Assessment Results
    Assessment results will be evaluated according to the following APU criteria for accommodations as a student with a learning disability.
    1. Average or above average intellectual ability
    2. History of a learning disability based on the following:
      • Evaluative report by school or private agency
      • Report of parent/significant other
      • Admissions information
    3. Academic history that indicates average or above average-grades in some academic area(s) with standardized test scores at or above grade level in one or more academic areas tested and significantly below grade-level expectancy in one or more, but not all, academic areas tested.
    4. Documentation of learning disability by qualified professional
  8. Eligibility Determination
    Based upon review of the documentation, a discussion with the student will occur to address one of the two following alternatives:
    1. Need for accommodations verified
      • Accommodations will be presented to the student, who has the option to accept or refuse the accommodations
    2. Unsubstantiated need for accommodations
      • The assessment information does not substantiate accommodations for a student with a learning disability. LEC advisor will offer academic consultation or referral to other campus resources available to all APU students.

    Note: Early completion of the documentation process allows for better planning of academic assistance. In addition, assistance with arranging services for books on tape or from Recordings for the Blind, Inc. can be established if needed. If a learning disability is not verified prior to or early in the semester, accommodations may not be in place when needed.