If you are a student with a disability that impacts your success in the classroom, this web site is designed to inform you about the basic services offered by this department. Our staff is dedicated to the mission of serving our students.
The Office of Disability Support Services is committed to providing an equal educational opportunity for all qualified students with disabilities, in compliance with federal and state statutes. We commit, as well, to ensuring that the integrity of all college standards and requirements is maintained.
In order to receive accommodations from the Disability Support Services (DSS) Office, you must provide documentation verifying eligibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Although specific documentation requirements vary depending on the type of disability, the following guidelines apply:
Documentation must indicate which major life activity or activities your disability affects. It must include a diagnosis of the disability or condition and explain any limitations you may have.
Documentation must be recent in order to reflect the current impact of the disability on the individual's academic performance.
Documentation should indicate the accommodations that are appropriate for your particular disability. If you request accommodations that are not substantiated in your documentation, we may request additional documentation that indicates that the accommodation you are requesting is reasonable. If you sign an Information Release form, we may be able to obtain the additional information we need. If further testing is needed, you are responsible for scheduling and paying for the testing.
If you are taking medications related to your disability, your documentation should include information about how the medication affects your ability to sleep, attend class, concentrate, etc.
Accommodations can not be granted retroactively. They are applicable from the date the eligible student registers with the DSS office and presents his or her accommodations notification letter to the instructor of record.
If you received services in high school, you should have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 plan. While these are tools we can use to help determine appropriate accommodations, they are not considered adequate documentation. These tools should be included with your documentation, but the documentation itself will need to be provided by a licensed professional.
If you have been diagnosed with a learning disability, do not have thorough documentation, and it seems evident that you would benefit from accommodations, you may receive services on a provisional basis for one semester. Provisional services are granted on a case-by-case basis.
Register with DSS
Disclosure of a disability is voluntary. If you have a disability that you may need services, accommodations or access, please follow these four easy steps:
Make an appointment with the Disability Support Services (DSS) Coordinator on the campus you will be attending.
Complete the intake/registration process at that meeting.
Submit current documentation from a qualified professional to support your claim.
Request services each term (minimum of 3 weeks notice) through the DSS office.
Accommodations & Services
When a student meets for an intake interview with the campus Disability Support Services Manager, the disability related documentation will be reviewed to determine which accommodations and/or services are appropriate. Please note - in compliance with Section 504 and the ADA, the College is not responsible for providing personal services (personal attendants, typing, readers for personal use, transportation) or individually prescribed devices. Accommodations include, but are not limited to:
• Priority registration
• Note taking assistance
• Extended time for testing
• Readers and/or scribes
• Adaptive technology
• Reduced course load
• Sign Language interpreter services
• TABE waiver
Disability related information is treated under strict rules of confidentiality. The Office of Disability Support Services will not release documentation or the exact nature of the disability without the student's permission.