Access Center- Student Disability Support Services
Getting Registered for Services
Accommodation Eligibility Process
To receive accommodations and services, students must first register with the Access Center. We want this to be a simple and quick process.
- Contact our office to schedule an accommodation eligibility appointment with one of our Accessibility Coordinators.
- Bring Disability Documentation to the accommodation eligibility appointment. In the event that you do not have documentation, contact our office to consult with a Accessibility Coordinator to discuss next steps.
- The accommodation eligibility appointment usually lasts between 60 to 90 minutes. The meeting involves the student engaging in an interactive process with the Accessibility Coordinator to assess and determine eligibility for accommodations.
All appointments occur in a private office and disclosed disability information and documentation is treated in a confidential manner.
NOTE: It is recommended that you establish an ongoing relationship with your accessibility coordinator to insure your needs are appropriately met. The students that tend to be more successful in this academic environment are the ones who utilize all the resources available to them.
A reasonable accommodation is any modification or adjustment that will enable a qualified student with a disability to participate in a course, program, facility, activity or service and includes adjustments to assure that a qualified individual with a disability has rights and privileges equal to students without disabilities. Reasonable accommodations may include academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, services, or modifications for facilities.
The goal is to give the student with a disability equal access to the learning environment. Individualized accommodations are not designed to give the student an advantage over other students, to alter a fundamental aspect of the course, nor to reduce academic rigor.
The Access Center determines reaonable accommodations as mandated under the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and/or services are determined on a case-by-case basis. The following is a list of potential accommodations which may be granted based on the students' disability and how it impacts them in a postsecondary educational environment.
- Extended time for taking exams
- Distraction reduced environment for taking exams
- Access technology access for taking exams
- Accessible formatted exams
- Attendance flexibility
- Sign Language Interpreter for classes
- Access to lecture notes
- Course material converted to accessible format
- Adaptive equipment
Note: This is not an exhaustive list of potential accommodations.
Although temporary medical conditions are not covered as disabilities under the ADA or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the institution recognizes that such injuries/illnesses can occur during the school year that may adversely affect a student’s ability to fully participate in classes. Examples of temporary medical conditions may include, but are not limited to: broken limbs, hand injuries, or short term impairments following surgery or medical treatments. Students seeking temporary accommodations should contact the Access Center to discuss possible options.
Students seeking accommodations because of medically related complications due to pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery should also contact our office.