Disability Services

The Academic Support Center coordinates the provision of academic support services for students with documented disabilities.

Provision of all reasonable accommodations and services is based upon assessment of the impact of the individual’s academic performance at a given time. Therefore we require recent documentation relevant to the individual’s learning environment. Information regarding disability is confidential and is available on an as-needed basis to those directly involved in the accommodation process. Students should schedule an appointment with the Coordinator of Academic Support Services for Students with Disabilities to review their documentation and discuss academic accommodations that would be reasonable and appropriate in the college learning environment.

The following information is provided to assist you in learning how to access academic support specific to your disability and to inform you of the documentation needed to put these supports in place. 

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, individuals with disabilities are guaranteed certain protections and rights of equal access to programs and services. Documentation establishing the presence of a disability and explaining the nature and degree to which the disability affects major life activities including learning is essential for our staff to accurately assess a condition and determine what accommodations would most effectively facilitate student learning. Students with disabilities must therefore provide medical/psychological documentation indicating the presence of a disability that substantially limits a major life activity. A medical or osteopathic doctor or other qualified health professional must document mobility, hearing, and visual impairments. A dated and signed report on letterhead indicating the following is generally sufficient:

  1. The current impact of (or limitations imposed by) the condition
  2. Treatments, medications, devices or services currently prescribed or used to minimize the impact of the condition
  3. The expected duration, stability or progression of the condition
     

An audiogram is required in the case of deafness or hearing loss while a visual acuity and fields report is essential for understanding visual impairments. A licensed psychologist or psychiatrist must document psychiatric disabilities. For learning disabilities a complete copy of the most recent psychological assessment plus a copy of the last IEP report is required. Specific guidelines and forms are available for students with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Psychological Disabilities, and Chronic Health Disabilities. 

Documentation Guidelines for ADD

Guidelines for Documenting a Learning Disability