Academic Counseling & Disability Services

Ms. Joyce Brown, Director

125 Peabody Building
Phone: 478-825-6744
Fax: 478-825-6328

The mission of the Academic Counseling & Disability Services is to increase retention and graduation rates for students with documented learning disorders by ensuring equitable treatment and access to all academic programs and facilities at Fort Valley State University. The Center serves as an agent for compliance with federal and state laws that mandate equal opportunity and access for persons with documented learning disorders.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 define a person with a disability as one with a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (walking, seeing, speaking, hearing, breathing, working, learning, and others). The person must have a record of such impairment or be regarded as having such impairment. All students must present records that document their learning disorder to the Academic Counseling & Disability Services Center.

Examples of learning disorders are:

  • Brain Injury
  • Chronic Illness
  • Multiple Disorders
  • Motor Coordination
  • Mobility Impairments
  • Depression
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Epileptic Seizures
  • Attention, Deficit, Hyperactivity
  • Disorder
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • PTSD

Services provided for students with documented learning disorders and physical impairments include:

  • Registration Assistance
  • Computer Resources
  • Orientation Services
  • Assistive Technology
  • Academic Accommodations
  • Tutoring
  • Note taking Service
  • Advocacy
  • Individual Counseling
  • Self-empowerment advisement
  • Appropriate Referrals