Student Disability Services at Vanguard University exists to provide representation, access, service, reasonable accommodations, and community support to students with learning, physical, and emotional disabilities through communication, advocacy, and collaborative services.

Student Disability Services Goals

  1. To provide a safe, comfortable, and caring place of contact and support for student with disabilities.
  2. To understand the nature of the student’s disability and to implement appropriate accommodations that address the student’s limitations.
  3. To treat persons with disabilities with dignity and respect and to view disability issues as matters of diversity.
  4. To facilitate ongoing and reasonable improvements in areas of structural access, assistive technology, accommodation availability, community education, and administrative advocacy.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Vanguard University is dedicated to providing students with disabilities access to the programs, services, and activities of the University as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) and by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973). Section 504 states: “No otherwise qualified individual shall, solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”


If you need support for a…

  • Psychiatric Disability: A DSM diagnosis from a psychologist or psychiatrist stating diagnosis, characteristics of the disability, functional limitations, projected duration, and medication. Alternatively, an intake and diagnosis from Vanguard’s Counseling Center can offer supporting documentation.
  • Medical Disability/Chronic Illness: Statement of diagnosis, functional limitations, impact of the disability in an academic setting, and medication, including side effects from your medical provider.
  • Mobility Impairment: A personal statement of mobility impairment, functional limitations, medications if needed, and side effects from your medical provider.
  • Visual Impairment: A copy of your most recent eye examination, including diagnosis, visual acuity, and functional limitations; a copy of a recent Individual Education Plan (IEP), if available.
  • Deaf or Hard of Hearing: A copy of your most recent audiological examination, including diagnosis with etiology, degree, type, functional limitations, and configuration of loss; a copy of IEP if available.
Contact: Janelle Carroll
Office of Disability and Learning Services
(714) 619-6484 |

If you need support for a…

  • Attention Deficit Disorder: A medical diagnosis from your primary care physician; a copy of a diagnostic report which states DSM diagnosis, symptoms, and functional limitations; medication type, dosage, and frequency
  • Learning Disability: A copy of a comprehensive psycho-educational test battery, with a statement of diagnosis, academic limitations resulting from the disability, and the type of learning disability; a copy of recent IEP and Multifactored Evaluation, if available.
  • Test anxiety 
  • Time management skills
  • Tutoring
Kerry Kimble
Assistant Director, Office of Disability and Learning Services
(714) 619-6483

Disabilities Services Student Handbook

Click here to download a PDF version of the Disabilities Services Student Handbook.

Contact Information

The Disability Services Office is located in Scott Academic Center, Room 244. Disability Services Office may be emailed at

Office Hours

Disability Services is open during normal business hours from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. When necessary, staff members are available after hours. The staff may work modified schedules during the summer and/or during University recesses. Please contact Disability Services for more information.