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Disability Services - Providing Equal Access to All - Southern Nazarene University, Bethany Oklahoma

Mission:  The mission of Disability Services is to provide and coordinate support services that enable students with disabilities to receive equal access to all aspects of university life.


Center for Student Success,
1st floor of the library (North East side)
9 AM - 4 PM Monday - Friday (other hours available by appointment)
(405) 717-6272
(405) 717-6286 Fax

High School versus Postsecondary

Differences between High School and Post-Secondary 




Services provided under IDEA or Section 504

Services provided under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and The Americans with Disabilities Act


  • School district responsible for identifying, evaluating, and planning educational interventions
  • Students are responsible for self-identification, providing documentation, and obtaining disability services
  • Involve parents or guardians
  • Deal directly with student (18+ yrs.old); protect student’s right to privacy (FERPA)
  • Provide non-academic services
  • Provide access to any service, program, or activity sponsored by the institution
  • Modify educational programs or requirements
  • Provide accommodations in order to meet established standards/requirements
  • Prepare IEPs, 504 Plans
  • Provide reasonable accommodations based on documentation upon student request



  • Legal mandate 


  • Civil rights, non-discrimination 


  • Foster success 


  • Equal access 


  • IDEA is to provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment to eligible students with disabilities, including special education and related services. 504/ADA are to ensure that no otherwise qualified person with a disability is denied access to, benefits of, or is subjected to discrimination in any program or activity provided by any public institution or entity. 


  • 504/ADA ensure that no otherwise qualified person with a disability will be denied access to, the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination by any program or activity provided by any public institution or entity. 


  • All infants, children and youth requiring special education services until age 21 or graduation from high school are covered. A list of disabilities is provided in IDEA, and includes specific learning disabilities. 


  • All qualified persons with disabilities who meet the entry criteria, or particular program criteria of the college and who can document the existence of a disability as defined by the ADA, are covered. 


  • Disability is defined as "Any physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; having a record of such an impairment; or being regarded as having an impairment."


Students must be "otherwise qualified". Someone is considered to be "otherwise qualified" if, with or without reasonable accommodation, they meet the same standards -- academic, professional, technical, and behavioral standards -- as do others. It means meeting established criteria (e.g. admissions, course expectations, graduation, code of conduct).

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Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to educating people for lives of service to God, leadership, and reconciliation toward their neighbors and within the global community. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage

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