At the college level, one must self-identify to the staff at the Office of
Disability Services, located in Building D, office 1116, in order to receive
accommodations. A student must also provide documentation that meets
the eligibility criteria set forth by Disability Services.
Once a student self-identifies and provides appropriate documentation, the student will make an appointment for the initial intake. The student will meet with a disability services provider to fill out required forms and register with the Office of Disability Services. Accommodation letters may be drafted at this time or at a later appointment.
Accommodation letters will be given to the student to provide to his/her instructors for services needed in each course. Students registered with the Office of Disability Services must request services every semester by picking up their accommodation letters and distributing them to their instructors for classroom assistance. Faculty members are not required to provide accommodations if they have not received an accommodation letter prepared by the Office of Disability services.
For every accommodation, a student must initiate services. He or she must give the accommodation letter to the instructor indicating what his or her needs are. When a test is near and extended time is allowed, the student must request that the instructor provide extended time for that exam or make an appointment with Disability Services (at least 3 days in advance) for that accommodation. If that student is allowed a notetaker, he or she must communicate to the instructor about how that request is fulfilled.
These guidelines and procedures are provided to help students with disabilities develop self-advocacy skills. If at any time a student feels that he or she is having trouble or did not get what he or she needs, the student should return to the Office of Disability Services for additional assistance.