The Learning Diagnostic Clinic (LDC) is responsible to the Office of Academic Affairs through the College of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Psychology. The primary mission of the LDC is to assist Missouri State in complying with certain aspects of the American's with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) laws and guidelines. More specifically, the clinic reviews psychological/psychiatric documentation to determine appropriate academic accommodations for students who are currently enrolled at Missouri State University. The LDC serves students who are diagnosed as having a learning disability, psychological disorder, and/or neurological disorder. This service is provided to students at no charge.
A second function of the LDC is to provide psychoeducational assessments of learning disabilities for Missouri State students, as well as individuals in the community. These services are provided on a fee for service basis. This component of the clinic provides graduate students valuable clinical experiences and training under the guidance of licensed psychologists. The clinic also conducts research in a myriad of different areas which also enhances the experiences of both undergraduate and graduate students.
The Director of the Learning Diagnostic Clinic is responsible for coordinating services and the provision of reasonable accommodations to qualified students which ensure their access to programs, services and facilities of the University’s Springfield campus. The Director is responsible for maintaining Project Success and clinical evaluations provided through the Learning Diagnostic Clinic. The Director supervises the Assistant Director, the Project Success Coordinator, clerical staff, graduate assistants, student workers, volunteers, and temporary staff.
The essential duties and responsibilities of the Director of the Learning Diagnostic Clinic include:
The required qualifications for this position include a doctorate in clinical, counseling or educational/school psychology, APA approved program, APA approved internship, Missouri Licensure eligible, experience evaluating and diagnosing learning disabilities and mental illness, evidence of excellence of teaching and research, strong communication skills.
The Director of the Learning Diagnostic Clinic will also hold the position of ranked faculty member in the Psychology Department and the College of Health and Human Services. This position is a 12-month position and is tenure eligible.
The Assistant Director of the Learning Diagnostic Clinic will also hold the position of ranked faculty in the Psychology Department and the College of Health and Human Services. This position is a 12-month position and is tenure eligible.
The qualifications for this position include a doctorate in clinical, counseling or educational/school psychology.
The Assistant Director and ranked faculty member in the psychology department is responsible for teaching coursework in areas of competence and expertise, consulting with students and other referrals regarding accommodations for learning disability, mental illness, head injury and other psychological disabilities, psychological testing, supervision of graduate and undergraduate student work in the clinic, and conducting research in areas of interest in the field of psychology.
The Clinician for the Learning Diagnostic Clinic is a 12-month position. The Clinician will hold at least a Master’s degree from a clinically oriented program in Clinical, Counseling, Developmental, or Educational/School Psychology.
The Clinician is responsible for developing, promoting, and managing the program, assisting college students with learning difficulties through the determination and implementation of educational accommodations and therapeutic interventions; meeting with students on a weekly basis; developing and implementing academic strategies with these students; conducting intake interviews; administering psycho-educational assessments; writing psychological reports; and coordinating and supervising graduate students in the assessment process and therapeutic interventions.
The Administrative Secretary relieves the administrator of routine operational details and performs responsible and moderately complex secretarial, clerical, and general office functions that require a thorough knowledge of departmental operations and politics and the exercise of independent judgment in the absence of established procedures and discretion in the dissemination of information. The Administrative Secretary generally provides secretarial support to a department or office, which may include many faculty members and/or staff professionals, with primary responsibility to the department senior administrator. The Administrative Secretary maintains departmental records and files, performs keyboarding (which requires speed and accuracy) in preparing multi-copy forms, correspondence, and related documents, and utilizes word processing/personal computer equipment and machine formatting and/or utility capabilities to input, revise, store, and retrieve such documents, and exercises supervision of other clerical employees, student and part-time workers.
The qualifications for this position include a high school diploma or equivalent, at least three years of general office experience which includes knowledge of the use and operation of standard office machines such as photocopiers, facsimile, multi-line telephone, and ten-key calculator. However, two years of specialized training or education beyond high school level which emphasizes the skills and experiences required for the position may be substituted for two of the three years of required work experience. A keyboarding rate of 50 words per minute, skill in rapid note taking may be required in some positions. Computer application skills in the use of personal computers and/or mainframe computers are required and include keyboarding ability and a functional knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, data entry retrieval or database management. Strong written and oral communication skills, the ability to operate electronic, photocopier or other standard office machines, maintain moderately complex filing systems and records, and make mathematical calculations and budget reconciliations are required. Supervisory skills and the ability to train and/or review the work of others are required.
Duties and responsibilities include relieving the administrator of routine operational details; preparing routine to complex reports, correspondence, performing receptionist duties by greeting University employees, students, and visitors; scheduling department activities with appropriate offices; performs records management of a complex filing system; assists with development and management of department budget; safeguards the confidentiality of department information; assists in the development of a competent office staff; and contributes the overall success of the department by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned by the immediate supervisor.
Within the guidelines set forth in this policy, Missouri State University is committed to providing an accessible and supportive environment for students with disabilities. Equal access for qualified students with disabilities is an obligation of the University under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Missouri State does not discriminate on the basis of disability against otherwise-qualified individuals in any program, service or activity offered by the University. The University 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 the University or fundamentally alter the requirements essential to a program of instruction.
Students requesting academic accommodations for a disability are responsible for notifying the University of their disability and their request for accommodations. To initiate a request for academic accommodations, students must contact:
Plaster Student Union, Suite 405
On the West Plains Campus, students must contact:
Academic Support Center (ASC)
The student should notify the aforementioned offices as soon as the need for the academic accommodation becomes evident. In order to receive accommodations, students must provide disability documentation that meets University guidelines. Accommodations will not be provided for undocumented disabilities, except that accommodations may be provided on a provisional basis pending receipt of documentation for disabilities that are readily apparent. Only persons interested in disability-related accommodations or services need provide disability information. Accommodations must have a legitimate educational purpose, and cannot be based simply on applicants’ preferences. Students must initiate a request for every semester in which accommodations are sought. If eligibility for services and the request for academic accommodations are approved, the Disability Resource Center (Academic Support Center at the West Plains campus) or the Learning Diagnostic Clinic will provide the student a letter to be shared with instructors outlining the approved recommended accommodations.
Students seeking accommodation for any type of disability should direct the initial request for accommodation to the Disability Resource Center. DRC refers students seeking accommodations for psychological or learning disabilities to Missouri State’s Learning Diagnostic Clinic. The West Plains Disability Services Coordinator will oversee the administration of DS and/or LDC recommended accommodations at the West Plains
The LDC provides assessments of learning and psychological disabilities. Students who simply wish to inquire about LDC’s diagnostic or testing services do not need to seek referral through the Disability Resource Center, but may instead directly contact the Learning Diagnostic Clinic, Alumni Building, Suite 502. To inquire about testing services, contact the Director, LDC, http://psychology.missouristate.edu/ldc/. The LDC charges a sliding-scale fee for its testing services.
If the student’s eligibility for services and/or request for academic accommodations are denied. The Disability Resource Center or the Learning Diagnostic Clinic will provide to the student written notification of denial, including the basis for denial as well as information on the appeal process. Student appeals related to eligibility for services or the request for academic accommodations shall be directed to the Equal Opportunity Officer, PCOB Suite 111, 901 S. National, Springfield, Missouri 65897, 417-836-4252 (voice) or 417-836-6874 (TTY). At the West Plains campus, appeals are initiated with the Affirmative Action Liaison, West Plains Civic Center, 128 Garfield, 417-255-7966. The student has the right to file a disability-related grievance at any time.
A faculty member who believes that accommodations recommended by the Disability Resource Center or LDC can be shown to alter or compromise fundamental course or program goals has the right to appeal the provision of those accommodations; however, recommended accommodations should be provided until the appeal is resolved. A faculty member should first address his/her concerns through discussions with the Disability Resource Center or the Learning Diagnostic Clinic, and may initiate a formal appeal of a recommended academic accommodation by submitting a written statement to the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA), clearly documenting the fundamental academic goals and demonstrating that the recommended accommodation necessarily compromises those goals. At the West Plains Campus the formal appeal would be initiated with the dean of the appropriate school. A faculty member who is not satisfied with the decision may file a grievance with the Equal Opportunity Officer at the Springfield
Campus, or with the Affirmative Action Liaison at the West Plains Campus.
The following information outlines the rights and responsibilities of Missouri State University in its relationship with students with disabilities and the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities while enrolled at the University.
Missouri State recognizes that its basic responsibility is to identify and maintain the academic and technical standards that are fundamental to providing quality academic programs while insuring the rights of students with disabilities. Missouri State also recognizes that shared governance and cooperation between faculty and campus administration is necessary to insure that reasonable and timely accommodations exist for students with disabilities. To meet these obligations, the University:
"To request academic accommodations for a disability, contact Director of the Disability Resource Center (DRC), Plaster Student Union, Suite 405, 417-836-4192 (voice); 417) 836-6792 (TTY); http://www.MissouriState.edu/disability/.
Students are required to provide documentation of disability to DRC prior to receiving accommodations. The DRC refers some types of accommodation requests to the Learning Diagnostic Clinic (LDC). For a sliding-scale fee, the LDC also provides diagnostic testing for learning and psychological disabilities. To inquire, contact the Director, LDC, 417-836-4787, http://psychology.MissouriState.edu/ldc/."
For West Plains:
"To request academic accommodations for a disability, contact the Coordinator of Disability Services (DS), Academic Support Center (ASC), 128 Garfield, 417-255-7222 (voice) or 417-255-7981 (TTY).
Students are required to provide documentation of disability to DS prior to receiving accommodations. DS refers some types of accommodation requests to the LDC. For a sliding-scale fee, the LDC also provides diagnostic testing for learning and psychological disabilities."
A student with a disability has a right to an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from programs offered at Missouri State. To insure this right, a Missouri State student with a disability:
In order to fully evaluate requests for accommodations or auxiliary aids, Missouri State will need documentation of the disability that consists of an evaluation by an appropriate and qualified professional and describes the current impact of the disability as it relates to the accommodation request.
The Disability Resource Center does NOT accept documentation hand-carried by the student requesting services. All documentation of disability must be provided to the Disability Resource Center directly from the appropriate professional and be presented on official letterhead from the professional, agency, clinic, or organization providing the information.
The Disability Resource Center and Missouri State assume NO financial responsibility for the acquisition of documentation of disability.
Documentation provided will be used by the Disability Resource Center to evaluate requests for accommodations or auxiliary aids. The evaluation process includes a review of the documentation itself and in the context of the fundamental goals and essential requirements of the program, course, service or benefit in question.
The evaluation process will generate a list of potentially reasonable accommodations that will then be reviewed based on potential effectiveness, preferences of the requester, maximum level of integration, and the potential for an undue financial or administrative burden on the institution.
As appropriate to the disability, documentation should include:
Documentation of a disability is essential in determining appropriate accommodations. Personnel of the Learning Diagnostic Clinic conduct testing and evaluation to provide such documentation.
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Project Success is an academic support program for college students who have concerns that may affect learning. This may include individuals diagnosed with a learning disability, ADHD, or other diagnoses. Those enrolled in Project Success will be offered a wide variety of services tailored for the student with learning problems. Research has shown that students enrolled in a comprehensive support program, such as Project Success, generally have a higher GPA and are more likely to graduate than students receiving minimal assistance. Based on experience, students who have achieved success in this type of program were average or above average in ability, highly motivated, and hard working.
Our immediate goal is to give students the individualized attention/assistance that they need to provide them with an opportunity to perform on an equal basis with their non-disabled peers. In addition, we provide students with both academic and emotional support that will help ease the transition to higher learning. The ultimate goal is to impart professional and academic related skills which will enable the student to function independently, first in the academic environment, and later in the competitive job market.
Students in Project Success are enrolled in regular college courses and must meet the same academic requirements as their non-disabled peers. They receive degrees in a variety of areas, and are not restricted as to course offerings/selections because of their disability. Project Success students are full-fledged members of the Missouri State community. Their participation in the program is known only to the students themselves and those who they give permission or choose to tell.
In addition to the basic types of services institutions are required to provide (e.g., alternate testing, test proctoring) Project Success offers tutorial support, developmental writing skills, computer assistance, study skills training, time management and organizational strategies. Each student is assigned to a case worker to help track their progress and provide personal consultation.
Our staff includes educational, clinical and neuro–psychologists, learning specialists, graduate assistants, and secretary and student employees. In addition, we utilize a number of professional consultants.
The current Project Success program fee is $1,000 per semester.
As soon as possible, interested applicants to Project Success should contact the Learning Diagnostic Clinic to discuss the application procedure. To facilitate the application process, the following items should be sent prior to the interview:
After the above information is received, an interview may be scheduled. Project Success is under the direction of the Learning Diagnostic Clinic (LDC) in the College of Health and Human Services at Missouri State University. For additional information, contact the Learning Diagnostic Clinic at 417-836-4787.