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About Accessibility & Disability Services
Asnuntuck Community College welcomes students with disabilities and seeks to provide opportunities for a positive college experience. In compliance with the legislative guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973), Asnuntuck Community College provides reasonable accommodations to eligible students.
The Office of Accessibility & Disability Services embraces a philosophy of self-actualization and recognizes a student’s search for personal fulfillment is driven by access to college academic programs and activities. Through collaboration and innovative approaches, the Office of Accessibility & Disability Services strives to inform and educate all members of the Asnuntuck community, and promote accessibility, equity, and inclusion.
Students with Disabilities
In general, a student with a disability is person who has an impairment or condition which substantially limits a major life activity such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working. An impairment substantially limits a major life activity when the individual’s major life activity is restricted as to the conditions, manner, or duration under which the activity can be performed in comparison to most people. Such an impairment can be a chronic or temporary condition.
The Office of Disability Services provides reasonable and individualized accommodations to eligible students with documented disabilities through an interactive process. Reasonable accommodations do not change or modify the requirements, course materials, and grading. Students with disabilities can be provided with accommodations to help them access the requirements of their college program.
Accessing Accommodations at the College Level
Step 1: Enter your information into Accommodate, our web-based Accessibility Management System.
You can access Accommodate by clicking this link: Public Accommodation Request (symplicity.com)
Step 2: Upload your supporting documentation on Accommodate
In order to access accommodations at the college level, documentation of a disability is required. This documentation must provide evidence that a disability exists. Below are examples of appropriate documentation:
- A psychoeducational evaluation (also known as a “three-year” reevaluation or “triennial” evaluation)
- Medical documentation completed by a healthcare provider
- Mental health documentation completed by a mental health provider
Step 3: The Learning Disabilities Specialist will review your documentation and contact you to set up an intake meeting.
Step 4: The student and Learning Disabilities Specialist will meet for an intake meeting and determine what, if any, reasonable accommodations are necessary.
Step 5: The Learning Disabilities Specialist will write an accommodation plan. With the student’s approval, the accommodation plan will be sent to the student’s instructors.
For additional information, please see: acc-process-for-working-with-students-with-disabilities-2021.pdf (asnuntuck.edu)
Students who have been approved for accommodations in the past through Disability Services must renew their accommodations each semester by submitting a Semester Request. This should be done as early in the semester as possible since accommodations are not in place until your instructor receives the Accommodation Letter from Disability Services.
To submit a Semester Request, renewing accommodations, please access the Accommodate System at:
Tips for Success in College
- As soon as you decide to enroll at ACC, enter your information into Accommodate and schedule an intake meeting with the Learning Disabilities Specialist. The earlier the better!
- Talk to your instructors about the accommodations on your plan. For many accommodations, such as extended time on assignments or testing in a separate setting, you’ll need to contact your instructor in advance.
- Every instructor has office hours, which is a time for students to receive extra help and ask questions. Check-in with your instructors frequently to make sure you are understanding the material and staying on top of assignments.
- ACC has an Academic Tutoring Center. You can make an appointment online to meet with a professional tutor for help with assignments and preparing for assessments.
- Your college accommodation plan is not set in stone. It can be changed based on your needs. If you notice that you’re struggling in your classes, contact the Learning Disabilities Specialist as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the laws pertaining to students with disabilities? What are college students with disabilities entitled to?
To qualify for Section 504 and ADA protection, a college student must be a student with a disability who is otherwise qualified for the educational benefits or services to which they seek access. A student is considered to have a disability under Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act if they has “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.” A student is “otherwise qualified” for an educational program or specific educational service only if they can meet all of the program’s or service’s requirements despite their disability.
Students with disabilities who can meet all of the requirements of their college program are entitled to “reasonable accommodations.”
This means requirements, course materials, and grading cannot be modified. Students with disabilities can be provided with accommodations to help them access the requirements of their college program.
What are the differences between high school and college for students with disabilities?
The process of obtaining accommodations and supports at the college-level are different than high school. Examples are provided below:
- In high school, the student’s caregiver/parent has access to the student’s records and participates in the accommodation process. Additionally, the caregiver/parent advocates for the student and makes educational decisions.
- At the college level, the student must sign a consent form for their parent/caregiver to access their educational records. Students are expected to advocate for themselves and make their own educational decisions.
- Additionally, when a student transitions to college, they must self-identify. This means that the student is responsible for bringing their documentation to the Office of Accessibility & Disability Services.
- Many high schools modify the curriculum, reduce the length of assignments, and/or alter the pace of assignments.
- Students with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations to access their college program. Colleges cannot modify or change assignments, exams, academic program requirements, or types of instruction.
What role to parents and caregivers have in the development of an accommodation plan?
- When a student is in high school, parents and caregivers are legally entitled to participate in the process of determining accommodations and supports.
- At the college level, the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) law protects a student’s privacy.
- If a parent or caregiver wishes to speak with disability services or anyone else involved with implementing the student’s accommodations, the student must provide their consent in advance.
Does Asnuntuck provide special education services?
Accommodations, modifications, and special education services are covered under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Act) which ends when a student graduates from high school. Therefore, colleges are not required to provide special education services.
Asnuntuck Community College provides reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. We have several supports for students, such as the Academic Tutoring Center.
What if a student thinks they have a disability, but haven’t been diagnosed yet?
Colleges are not required to conduct or provide testing or evaluations to determine if a student has a disability. However, the Office of Accessibility & Disability Services can provide information about local options if a student feels that they would benefit from an evaluation.
Office of Accessibility & Disability Services
Room 119B – Academic Tutoring Center
Animals on Campus Policy
If it is an emotional support animal (ESA) that has to be approved as part of his accommodations. It is important that all are aware of the questions that can be asked with regard to service animals and ESAs:
1. Is the Service Animal required because of a disability?
2. What work or task has the Service Animal been trained to perform to assist you with your disability?