Special Accommodations ADA Services
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ACCOMMODATIONS FOR DISABILITIES:
It is the policy of Enterprise State Community College to provide reasonable accommodations for environmental and program accessibility for persons defined as disabled in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Anyone who desires information about accessibility or services should contact the College Coordinator of ADA. For persons using a TTY, the Alabama Relay Center is available by calling 1-800-548-2546. If special accommodations are required, contact Dava Foster at 334-347-2623 ext. 2293. The ADA Office is located in Boll Weevil Central at the Enterprise State Community College campus.
HOW TO RECEIVE ADA SERVICES?
Students who are seeking accommodations and services on the basis of a disability are to submit appropriate documentation to verify their eligibility for services. Typically, a licensed psychologist, physician, or other appropriate professional provides the evaluation, diagnosis, and impact of the disability on the individual student with recommended accommodations in a detailed report. The ADA Office is responsible for determining the acceptability of documentation and reserves the right to require additional information to determine the nature of an individual’s disability. The ADA Office maintains the right to reject documentation that does not verify a student’s disability or delineate reasonable accommodations. See Documentation Guidelines.
Documentation accepted by the ADA Office is valid as long as a student is continuously enrolled at the College. However, if there is a break in the student’s enrollment, he/she may need to present updated documentation to receive services. Disability-related information received to support requests for accommodations are treated as confidential and shared only on a need-to-know-basis. The information may not be released to an outside third party without the written consent of the individual.
Adherence to the following procedures insures the best possible service the institution can provide.
The Director of the ADA Office meets individually with a student to discuss accommodations. The student completes a Student Request for ADA Accommodations Application and a Student Responsibility Form. The Director determines reasonable academic accommodation for a student, taking into consideration recommendations from the physician, psychologist or other professional who diagnosed the student’s disability. Accommodations previously used in educational settings with the student will be taken into consideration. Although some students may have similar diagnoses, each student is treated as an individual because accommodations must be tailored to individual needs.
The ADA Office recommends reasonable accommodations by preparing an Accommodation Letter addressed to the instructor of each class for which the student requests accommodations.
An instructor is not obliged to provide accommodations to a student with a disability until he/she receives the ADA Office accommodation letter from the student. In addition, it is the student’s responsibility to discuss scheduling and details of the requested accommodations with his/her instructor(s). If a student delivers an accommodation letter to an instructor within a few days of an assignment or exam, the instructor may not be able to provide the optimal accommodation requested.
WHAT’S NEXT? Once you have been accepted into the ADA Program, to receive accommodations at Enterprise State there is a 4-step procedure:
- Students obtain accommodations letters from the ADA Office at the beginning of each semester.
- Students deliver accommodation letters to each instructor discussing arrangements.
- Students contact each instructor and the test proctor several days before accommodations such as extended test time and reduced-distraction testing to make arrangements as needed.
- Students report any concerns about accommodations to the ADA Office as soon as possible.