Services for Students with Disabilities
All colleges must provide accommodations to students with documented disabilities. This includes learning disabilities. Colleges comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that no student, employee, visitor, or another beneficiary of the ADA encounter discrimination on the basis of his/her disability. All college facilities, services, and programs must be accessible to students, employees, and visitors with disabilities unless doing so would be an undue burden to the college.
Students requesting accommodations must submit documentation of the disability to the ADA coordinator or designated disability support service provider. Students do not need to reveal a disability, but without documentation on file, no exceptions to standard procedures can be given. Therefore, it is in the student’s best interest to submit documentation even if there is no immediate need for support. Documentation is kept confidential in compliance with the ADA.
To receive disability services students must:
- Disclose the existence of the disability to the service provider.
- Provide documentation verifying the disability.
- Sign a release of information.
- Request accommodations in meeting with the service provider.
- Allow sufficient lead-time for the accommodations to be put in place.
- Request documentation.
- Maintain confidentiality.
- Arrange accommodations.
- Refer students to resources whenever possible.
- Monitor the effectiveness of accommodations.
Student Responsibilities and Rights
Students are responsible for the management of services, and for reading and following other college procedures. Reasonable accommodations can be provided for successful entrance into, and completion of, courses, but students should note that the college is not required to, nor should it, compromise on program admissions or essential course requirements. All students are expected to comply with the student code of conduct/discipline procedures of the college and should be aware that BD (behavioral disorders) documentation is not a protected disability under the ADA or 504.
Type of Documentation
The type of documentation that is appropriate is the IEP, the most current psychological, and current standardized testing results. Colleges can request other types of documentation, if necessary. After the documentation is received and reviewed, the student may be contacted to arrange a meeting with the ADA coordinator.
Types of Accommodation
Reasonable accommodations are designed to support the documented disability. They are determined on an individual basis; therefore, not all accommodations are appropriate for every student. Some types of accommodations used for learning disabilities may include, but are not limited to:
- Adaptive computer hardware/software
- Evaluation and interpretation of documentation, special education records, and testing
- Extended test time/quiet testing area/computer availability
- Personally designed study skills strategies
- Special seating accommodations
- Taped texts
- Test readers/transcribers
External Advocacy Agencies
Regional Civil Rights Director, Office for Civil Rights, US Department of Education, 111 North Canal Street, 10th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606.