Office of Accommodative Services

Mission:

To provide leadership and facilitate equal access to educational programs, campus activities, and career exploration and employment opportunities for all qualified individuals. It is college policy to provide, on an individual basis, reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities. The Office of Accommodative Services strives to strengthen and develop inter-departmental and community partnerships in order to accomplish its purpose and goals.

Purpose:

To eliminate competitive disadvantages and remove barriers that impact learning while fostering independent, self-determined learners.

Learning Outcomes:

As a result our orientation, initial intake process and formal outreach efforts, students with disabilities who engage with the Office of Accommodative Services will be able to:

  • Communicate their disability and its impact in the educational setting, as needed for full engagement in all elements of campus, classroom and residential life.
  • Demonstrate continued self-advocacy and the ability to communicate his/her needs by utilizing accommodations that are needed in the various elements of campus life.
  • Access the full spectrum of support services available to all students on campus.

Process:

Students who believe they have a current and essential need for accommodative services must self-identify, provide documentation (prepared by a qualified professional), complete the student Self-Assessment Survey and meet our professional staff for an initial intake.

Eligible students must request accommodations each semester.

Services for Students:

  • Help in transitioning from high school to college, including an on-campus transition workshop for high school students, parents and HS educators.
  • Half-day new student summer orientation
  • Classroom accommodations such as interpretive services for the deaf, preferred seating, arrangements for note takers and scribes, adaptive tables and chairs, assisted listening devices, and assistance with arrangements to make audio recordings of classes
  • One-On-One Academic Support including, but is not limited to, time management and organization, study skills, note taking, test taking, adaptive tech training, and academic advisement, and professional tutoring in a wide variety of subjects and study skills
  • Workshops/Group Work based on student need: study groups can be customized for a particular subject or desired training
  • Adaptive Technology like CCTV, screen readers and magnifiers, speech recognition software, alternate text format, and self-editing software
  • ADA Generation News and Views—Student Edition , our newsletter, and other timely communications which keep students informed about important deadlines, accommodations and services, adaptive technology, and news and issues
  • National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) site

Services for Faculty:

  • Instructional Support strategies for effective teaching methods that foster universal design including supplemental instruction of content material may be provided.
  • Early Warning: which, with the permission of the student, may be sent out after mid-term grades are posted for students who are in jeopardy of failing classes. These reports allow faculty to provide specific feedback and suggestions that our professional tutors will use when they work one-on-one with students academically at-risk.
  • ADA Generation News and Views—Faculty Edition and professional development opportunities discussing issues in disability services for higher education and best practices for instruction and assessment.

Syllabus Statement:

“Students with disabilities who believe that they may need testing or classroom accommodations in any class are encouraged to contact The Office of Accommodative Services at 845-431-8055/SSB303 as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.”