Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, individuals with disabilities have certain rights and may be eligible for reasonable accommodations at colleges and universities.
Disability Services Documentation Guidelines
We recognize that third party documentation can be difficult to obtain, and we don't want to create unnecessary barriers.
Our first priority is to get to know each student individually. However, any documentation students can provide, such as IEP/504 plans, recent evaluations, hospital reports, and letters from doctors, psychologists, the VA or Social Security, etc., is helpful.
We will use information we obtain through conversation, observations, and if necessary, third party documentation, to help decide what accommodations, if any, are reasonable in each case. The purpose of third party documentation is to add to the Coordinator's fund of information so that every student's request is given due consideration. Be aware that certain accommodations, such as course substitutions (which are rare), are more likely to require such documentation for consideration of the request.
Documentation of Disability
About Reasonable Accommodations
Accommodation requests that do not meet the test of being "reasonable" as outlined above will most often be denied. The decision of whether or not an accommodation is reasonable is made by Disability Services, often with input from college staff and faculty.
Requests for updated documentation
Not all documentation policies are the same
If a student plans to attend another institution after attending TCSC or to take a standardized test (GRE, MCAT, etc.) administered by an outside agency, the student is advised to research those documentation requirements at least six months prior to the anticipated start or test date. Also, due to policy differences, it may not be appropriate for Disability Services to complete the paperwork required by standardized testing agencies. In such cases, the staff will explain the reasons why completing the supporting paperwork is not appropriate.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 11:42|