Services for Students with Disabilities

Educational access is the provision of classroom accommodations, auxiliary aids and services to ensure equal educational opportunities for all students regardless of disability. Creating equal educational opportunities is a collaborative effort between the student, the faculty member, and the Office for Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD).

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 protect students with disabilities from discrimination that may occur as a result of misconceptions, attitudinal barriers, and/or failure of the institution to provide appropriate accommodations, auxiliary aids, or services. Examples of accommodations and auxiliary aids include, but are not limited to: qualified interpreters, note takers, extra time for exams, and educational materials in alternate format (i.e. Braille, audiotape, electronic format, enlarged print).

Who Benefits?

Principles of ACCESS

A – Accessibility: Faculty members play a major role in making their classrooms accessible to all students.

C – Communication: It is imperative that students with disabilities, faculty members, and SSD communicate on a regular basis.

C – Confidentiality: All instructors and SSD staff must respect a student’s right to confidentiality.

E – Eligibility for Accommodations: SSD is the office designated to determine eligibility for federally mandated academic accommodations and services.

S – Student Responsibility: Students have a responsibility in ensuring they get the necessary services.

S – Support: Both faculty and SSD work together to support students in their legal right to access an education.