We offer the following services for Central students with documented physical or learning disabilities:
- Coordination of classroom accommodations:
- Extended time for tests
- Alternative testing environment free of distractions
- Computer use for testing and note taking
- Assistance with textbook options for reading disabilities
- Referrals to appropriate campus resources
- Advocacy with campus personnel
- Assessment of services needed
Requesting academic accommodations
- Submit current documentation from an appropriately licensed professional (within the past three years) describing the disability to the Director of Disability Services. The documentation should state the accommodations that the students will need at the postsecondary level. The student should then meet with the Director of Disability Services to review/discuss the student’s strengths and weaknesses and requested accommodations.
- Together the student and Director of Disability Services will complete an accommodation request form that will be discussed with the student’s academic advisor and each of the student’s professors. The request form will state the recommended accommodations. This form will need to be completed at the beginning of each semester. After the student discusses the requested accommodations with each professor, the student returns the form to the Disability Services Office and it is filed in the student’s file.
- Some accommodation requests may dictate that the student, Director of Disability Services and the course professor collaborate to identify an accommodation that will meet the needs of both the student and professor.
- If a student encounters problems with college personnel concerning accommodations, the student should bring their concerns to the attention of the Director of Disability Services. If the Director is unable to resolve the concerns, the Disability Committee consisting of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Associate Dean of Curriculum and Faculty and the Disability Coordinator will meet to discuss the situation.
The Director of Disability Services is available in Maytag Student Center (second floor) to Central students who qualify for the program.
- It is the student’s responsibility to self-identify that he/she has a disability. Central College expects students to take an active role in communicating their needs. Students should inform the College of their disability as soon as possible—preferably before the semester begins or during the first or second week of the semester—or being diagnosed.
- It is the student’s responsibility to provide professional documentation of his/her disability. (Costs associated with diagnosis, evaluation, and testing are the responsibility of the student.) This evaluation needs to have been compiled by an appropriately licensed professional and should describe the current impact of the disability as it relates to the appropriate accommodation request. Documentation must be current within the last three years. Documentation must be submitted to the Office of Disability Services before an accommodation is sought.
- It is the student’s responsibility to request the accommodations he/she needs. Requests must be made in a timely manner in order to evaluate them and offer the necessary accommodations.
The program may deny the accommodations if they fundamentally alter the program, lower standards or are unduly burdensome financially or administratively.