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Empowered Learning Transformation Centers

Empowered Learning Transformation Centers


Empowered Learning Transformation Centers provides accommodations and academic support services ensuring equal access to students with documented learning disabilities, mental health issues, medical disabilities, and mobility issues. Some of these disabilities include dyslexia, dyspraxia, auditory processing disorder, non-verbal learning disability, Autism, Asperger’s, ADD, ADHD, acquired brain injury, speech, hearing or visual impairment, PTSD, Lupus, and depression and anxiety disorders.


Eligibility for Services

The first step toward receiving accommodations is to provide our office, located on the first floor of the Empowered Learning Transformation Centers, with the most current documentation of your disability. The guidelines below provide information about the type of documentation needed to provide reasonable accommodations. Disability Services reviews documentation on a case-by-case basis. All documentation provided to Empowered Learning Transformation Centers is filed and secured in our office and a specific disability is never disclosed to faculty or staff without prior consent.


Documentation Guidelines

The documentation you provide should include the following:


A clear, specific diagnosis

Credentials of the licensed professional providing diagnosis

An explanation of the current manifestations or functional limitations of the disability

A description of current and past accommodations, services and/or medications and their effects

Recommendations for accommodations or support services that relate directly to the current functional impact of the disability.

These guidelines are based on the best practices established by the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).


Individual Education Plans and/or 504 plans from secondary and elementary schools alone may not be adequate documentation to determine eligibility; however, they do provide useful information in addition to other more comprehensive psycho-educational and/or medical evaluations or reports.



Students with qualifying documented learning disabilities are eligible, on a case-by-case basis, to the following:


Faculty notification of general learning difference

Extended testing time

Oral / scribed exams

Note-taking assistance

Executive function support

Books on CD/MP3

Assistive technology:

Text-to speech software

Voice recognition software

Brain-mapping software


Students with medical or mobility-related issues can receive preferential scheduling, seating, and specific in-class accommodations arranged with individual professors based on medical necessity.


Empowered Learning Transformation Centers Registration

The Empowered Learning Transformation Centers offers individual consultation sessions for students with documented learning disabilities. These can include, but are not limited to, dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), mental health disorders or physical disabilities.

During your individual session, you and your parents meet the Disability Services staff who will review your disability and establish accommodations and services specific to the unique demands of the CIA student experience.


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