IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

Disability Support Services

Disability Support Services is committed to supporting IAIA’s mission to promote the artistic, intellectual, professional, cultural, and spiritual development of each individual student. In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, IAIA is committed to providing otherwise qualified students with disabilities equal access to academic courses, programs, and college activities.

Students in need of accommodations should self-identify to the Retention Director in the Student Success Center, who oversees the Disability Support Services program.  After registering with our office, the Director will work with the student to identify accommodations that are appropriate to the student’s needs, academic program and campus life experience. In addition, the program provides regular training for faculty to address the in-class needs of the disabled student and acts as an advocate for the student.

Process for requesting accommodations for a disability:

  • Complete the Request for Accommodations form, available at the bottom of this page, in the Student Success Center from the Retention Director, or online via Blackboard under the Student Success tab.
    • Expect to spend between 5 and 15 minutes filling out this form.
  • Submit documentation about your disability and/or past use of accommodations to the Retention Director, if you have it.
  • Meet with the Retention Director to discuss your disability and your request for accommodations.
  • The Retention Director then meets with the Disabilities Committee and, if approved, a final set of accommodations is sent by email to you, your Academic Advisor, and all of your instructors. If not approved, you will be informed by email and/or a phone call.
  • Call Jeminie Shell, the Retention Director, with questions – 505-424-5707

Information about documentation of disability:

  • Submit the disability/accommodation documentation you have and think is appropriate.
  • Everyone is unique. A conversation about your experiences and expectations will help identify the information necessary to support your accommodation requests. Helpful information may include:
    • Medical records
    • Psychoeducational test reports
    • School records
  • Don’t delay completing the Request for Accommodation form if you don’t have any formal disability-related paperwork.
  • You are always welcome to talk with the Retention Director about barriers you are experiencing or anticipate, and you may request a review of your accommodations at any time if they are not meeting your needs.
  • Be aware that other universities and testing agencies (such as GRE or LSAT) may require more extensive documentation. Research their requirements well in advance of requesting accommodations.


For more information:

Jeminie Shell, M.A.
Retention Director

Student Success Center (SSC)


IAIA Accommodations Request Form (download file icon, 146.2 KiB)

For more information on Rights & Responsibilities of Students

For a Guide to Disabilities Rights & Laws