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Services for Students with Disabilities

Phillips Graduate Institute is committed to providing an accessible and supportive environment for students with disabilities. Equal access for qualified students with disabilities is an obligation under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Phillips does not discriminate on the basis of disability against otherwise-qualified individuals in any program or service offered by the Institution. Phillips is committed to insuring that no otherwise-qualified individual with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated or otherwise treated differently than other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids or other appropriate services; however, accommodations cannot result in an undue burden to Phillips or fundamentally alter the requirements essential to a program of instruction.

Request for Accommodations

Phillips is committed to providing reasonable accommodations and adjustments for persons with disabilities. A person with a disability has the obligation to make their needs known. Phillips Graduate Institute makes reasonable attempts to accommodate students’ special needs. However, as a private, non-profit institution, Phillips Graduate Institute may be unable to fund special services requested by students, even when similar services were provided to the student in prior educational settings.

Students who have special needs related to permanent or temporary disabilities may petition for special considerations for any aspect of graduate experience at Phillips Graduate Institute. Special consideration may be requested for an unlimited or specific period of time. Requests for accommodation(s) will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Current documentation from qualified professionals is required of students requesting accommodations related to a disability. This documentation should identify the nature of the disability and include recommendations for accommodations.

Students requesting academic accommodations should notify the Registrar’s Office as soon as the need for the accommodation becomes evident, or upon admission if the disability has been previously diagnosed. Students must fill out the Request for Accommodation form (available in the Registrar’s Office) and submit it to the Registrar’s Office along with supporting documentation. Requests will be reviewed by the Vice President of Academic Affairs in consultation with other administrators and faculty. Requests will become part of the student’s file. The Registrar will respond to the student in writing regarding the request and indicate the accommodations Phillips is able to provide. A copy of this letter will be sent to the chair of the student’s program. Students are responsible for notifying their professors each term that they have been granted accommodations and the nature of the accommodations.

Students with disabilities should note that they may be able to add medical costs to their cost-of-education budgets for financial aid purposes and should contact the Financial Aid Office at 818-386-5605 for more information.

Determination of Learning Disability


The determination of a learning disability is based on the criteria set forth by Educational Testing Service, Association on Higher Education and Disability, and most major universities in the US. The following information should be used as a guide and not necessarily be considered the definitive requirement for documentation of a learning-disabled student:

  • The report must be typed by a qualified professional and submitted on official letterhead. Professionals providing documentation must include information concerning their credentials.


  • Documentation must be based on an adult-normed assessment (>16.5 years) and the last date of the assessment must be stated.


  • Based on the assessments, offer specific suggestions for accommodation


  • The testing must have been performed within the past two (2) years prior to requesting accommodations.

The following professionals would generally be considered to be qualified to provide this information: clinical or educational psychologists, neuropsychologists, learning disability specialists and medical doctors who specialize in specific learning disabilities.

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