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The Roots of Student Access:

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Whitney Lewis

on 14 November 2013

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Transcript of The Roots of Student Access:

Faculty Responsibility Continued
Understand that every student may not need every accommodation on his or her Accommodation Plan in each class. Needs vary and the student may decide that he or she does not need all of the listed accommodations for each class. However, if a student decides not to use accommodations, he or she is responsible for the consequences.
If you feel that the accommodation undermines the academic standard or essential functions of the class or you are not sure how to implement it, contact Disability Services immediately.

The Roots of Student Access:
A Brief Overview of Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services
Works with students with disabilities to assess their needs and assist with academic accommodations that may be necessary and appropriate due to their disability.
 Assists faculty who teach students with disabilities.
 Upholds the academic standards and integrity of the college.
 Ensures compliance with disability legislation.

Legal Requirements
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act require that post-secondary institutions provide reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified students with disabilities to ensure that they have equal access to course content and equal opportunity to demonstrate that they have mastered the material.
 Students with disabilities must meet all admission requirements and academic standards.

Legal Requirements Continued
Under the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 …colleges may not discriminate in the recruitment, educational process, or treatment of students. Students who have self-identified, provided documentation of disability, and requested reasonable accommodations are entitled to receive approved modifications of programs, appropriate academic adjustments, or auxiliary aids that enable them to participate in the benefit from all educational programs and activities.

Faculty Responsibility
Be aware that many students are not comfortable discussing their disabilities. Be respectful and keep all information confidential. Do not press for more information.
Carefully read the Accommodations Plan and sign acknowledging receipt of the form. Your hard copy of the form is generally sent via campus mail or via email for online instructors. Keep your copy of the plan in a safe/confidential place.
Consider adding a disability statement to your class syllabus that encourages students with disabilities to obtain an Accommodation Plan from Disability Services.

Foundation: What is a Disability?
Disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities and may include learning disability, ADD, acquired brain injury, psychological disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, sensory impairment, mobility impairment and chronic medical illness.

Student Responsibility
Meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional standards for the programs, courses, services, and activities.
Self-identify disability status in a reasonable and timely manner.
Provide disability documentation from a qualified professional that reflects the student's current disability status, and how their disability limits participation in courses, programs, services, and activities.
Meet the Code of Ethics and behavioral standards as all other students.
Pick up Accommodation Plan and arrange to meet with each professor to discuss the contents of the plan. Have instructors sign the plan and return the signed copy to our office.
Common Disabilities
Blindness/visual impairment
Specific learning disabilities
Cerebral palsy
Speech and language disorder
Deafness/hearing impairment
Spinal cord injury
Epilepsy or seizure disorder
Orthopedic/mobility impairment
Traumatic Brain Injury
Multiple Sclerosis
Muscular Dystrophy
Cardiac Disease
Psychiatric Disability
It is important to note that Disability Services does accommodate temporary conditions. This may include, but is not limited to: broken limbs, hand injuries, or short term impairments following surgery or medical treatments.

Contact Information
Please feel free to contact the Disability Services Office for any questions or concerns regarding students with disabilities.

Whitney Lewis, M.S., CRC
Phone: 336-249-8186 ext. 6342
Office: Brooks 207 A
Email: whitney_lewis@davidsonccc.edu

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.”
-Scott Hamilton
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