Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit

Welcome

Michigan State University provides services and accommodations to persons with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorders for both academic and workplace settings. The Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities fosters independence in the learning process by helping students and employees harness appropriate strategies and resources for success. We look forward to maximizing your experience at MSU!

This page previews the RCPD's approach to learning disability accommodation. For more detailed procedures, select the disability category below with which you identify. If your area of concern is not addressed in this list, please contact one of our Learning Disabilities Specialists after reviewing this page. 

Getting Started with RCPD (MyProfile)

Log on to the MyProfile page with your MSU NetID and password to register with the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities. MyProfile provides online forms and initiates communication with an Ability Access Specialist.

Documentation

Documentation of a disability must appear on official letterhead from a licensed medical or diagnostic professional and include a diagnosis, scope or degree of involvement, and summary of related functional limitations. RCPD provides a downloadable Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit form that may be used by medical providers to document conditions.

After documentation of a disability has been provided and a needs assessment is completed, reasonable accommodations are determined. RCPD will provide a verification letter that includes: (a) verification of disability and status as a student or employee registered with the RCPD (b) an outline of reasonable accommodations.

Students will receive a Verified Individualized Services and Accommodations letter, otherwise known as a VISA.

Employees will receive a Statement of Employee Accommodation Determination letter, otherwise known as a SEAD.

Confidentiality

RCPD adheres to strict standards of confidentiality in the management of student and employee disability information. Since RCPD is the only holder of disability documentation, all disability-related documentation should be directed to RCPD (not other campus departments).

Requesting Accommodations

RCPD recognizes that accommodations may be required in order to assist individuals in maximizing their educational and workplace experience at MSU. While the university is required to provide reasonable accommodations, it is not required to change essential academic requirements or job functions. Accommodation determinations are based on documentation and individualized needs assessment.

Before Requesting Accommodations, students and employees must Identify and Register as a person with a disability and provide appropriate documentation of their disability to RCPD. Employees should refer to the MSU Disability and Reasonable Accommodation Policy, for the procedure on requesting worksite accommodations.

RCPD Specialists are committed to an active partnership with students and employees who make reasonable accommodation requests through our office. In the case you experience a disagreement regarding disability determination or appropriateness of accommodations, you may consider taking the steps outlined in our dispute resolution process.

Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have further questions that have not been answered on this page, please refer to the FAQ Page.

Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit in the News:

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A Transformational Gift from One Family to Another

Thanks to the Gilbert family, we've added three new full-time positions to enhance our vision of making MSU accessible to all.
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State News Features RCPD Student

Director Michael Hudson and Specialists Darryl Steele and Virginia (Ginger) Martz share their insights in assisting students with disabilities in a State News article.
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MSU Today: MSU Tower Guard Hosts Induction

The members of the Tower Guard devote 120 hours of community service to the RCPD during their sophomore year and are comprised of the top 5% of their class.
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