Special Needs Access

The Special Needs Office offers services to students who have documented disabilities of a permanent or temporary nature. To qualify for services, students must self-identify to the Special Needs Access Office. Students must meet with a Special Needs Access Coordinator to discuss their needs and provide appropriate written documentation of a disability from a qualified professional or agency. Missouri Baptist University strives to remove barriers for individuals with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Students who need accommodations must register each semester with the Special Needs Access Office. Verification of Individual Student Accommodation (VISA), which describes the student’s needed accommodations, will be initiated with the student’s written permission. It is the student’s responsibility to deliver the VISAs and discuss his/her needs with each instructor.


  1. Students must first self-identify his/her disability.
  2. Students should make an appointment with a Special Needs Access Coordinator.
  3. Students will complete an application for accommodations along with the release of information forms. Students are encouraged to bring completed application and verification of disability to appointment. (All forms can be found to the right)
  4. Students will provide appropriate documentation of the disability from a qualified professional along with recommendations for accommodations. Documentation should be current and no more than five years old.
  5. After review, a VISA outlining approved accommodations will be given to the student. It is the student’s responsibility to share the accommodations with each instructor.

Students need to request accommodations at the beginning of each semester. Until the student requests accommodations and meets with his/her instructors, accommodations are not in effect. Accommodations are not retroactive.

If you do not wish to seek classroom accommodations but have physical disabilities that may limit your mobility around campus, it is important that you contact the Special Needs Access Office to discuss your needs prior to your arrival on campus. We want to be proactive and address any accessibility concerns so that your collegiate experience is a positive one.

Commonly used accommodations include:

  • Extended time for tests
  • Distraction free testing environment
  • Alternative textbook options
  • Readers and scribes for tests
  • Assistive technology

Other accommodations that may be necessary can be provided based on the documentation of disability.


Academic Success Center
Room 119, Field Academic Hall