Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Nutritional Therapy Association, Inc. is committed to serving all students, including students with disabilities, and to providing reasonable accommodations as requested whenever possible. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, subsequent regulations, and similar state and local laws, Nutritional Therapy Association, Inc. (“NTA”) will do everything in its power to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with a disability, provided that such accommodation does not create undue hardship or fundamental alteration to NTA’s programs. NTA will make an individual assessment in response to each request to determine if the need(s) of a student or applicant (collectively hereinafter referred to as “Student”) can be met.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy:
NTA is dedicated to providing reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. Accommodations are individual in nature and are decided on a case-by-case basis. Requested accommodations initiated by a Student must be reasonable, must not create undue burden, must be supported by adequate documentation, and must be requested within a reasonable timeframe.
Determination of reasonable accommodations and compliance with the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act for Students, is the responsibility of NTA’s Disability Services Coordinator.
Requesting Accommodations/the Process:
The accommodation process begins when a Student discloses a disability and requests an accommodation(s) by contacting NTA’s Disability Services Coordinator. A Student who makes a request for a reasonable accommodation to an instructor, admissions personnel, administrator, or other NTA representative will be referred to the Disability Services Coordinator, who will work directly with the Student regarding the request. The Disability Services Coordinator will act as liaison between the Student and instructor(s) regarding accommodation issues. (Student may disclose as much or as little to instructors as they wish.)
A Student must a) disclose their disability and b) make the request for a reasonable accommodation.
If the disability is not readily apparent, the student must provide recent (generally no more than five (5) years old) certification and/or documentation (medical records, psychological testing, etc.) from a qualified professional (physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, etc.). Such certification and/or documentation must provide a specific diagnosis. If the need for the accommodation is not readily apparent, the Student must provide a note from the qualified professional indicating recommended specific accommodations that might be helpful to the Student in an academic setting based on the diagnosis.
Documentation must be received no less than three (3) weeks prior to the start of a course in order to allow adequate time to process the request. Requests received later than three (3) weeks prior to the start of a course will be considered. However, there is a risk that the request will not be able to be evaluated and accommodations will not be implemented before the course begins. Requests received later than three (3) weeks prior to the start of a course may not retroactively effect the course. Students should check in with the Disability Services Coordinator before the start of each quarter to discuss accommodations for the upcoming quarter. New documentation need only be submitted if the Student is requesting accommodations for a new course.
Disability Services Maintenance:
The Disability Services Coordinator will evaluate the Student’s requests and supporting documentation and request additional input or documentation as necessary to determine if the Student’s requests should be granted or denied. If the Student’s requests are granted, the Disability Services Coordinator will work with the Student to help implement approved accommodations. If the Student’s requests are denied, the Disability Services Coordinator will engage in a dialogue with the Student to explore alternative reasonable accommodation options, if appropriate.
Once an accommodation has been implemented, the Student should continue to work with the Disability Services Coordinator on any accommodation-related needs. If the Student experiences difficulty with the accommodations, the Student must notify the Disability Services Coordinator for assistance. NTA utilizes a variety of classroom locations around the United States, and therefore accommodations and resources may be available in some locations and not in others. A Student who transfers to a different classroom location must notify NTA of such transfer and provide a written request for additional or modified accommodations that are requested.
In accordance with data privacy laws, all Student disability-related matters at NTA are handled with extreme confidentiality.