Eligibility and Process for Receiving Accommodations
The office of Disability Services provides access and academic accommodations for qualified students. A qualified student is one who meets the requisite academic standards for admission or participation in college programs/activities. An accommodation is an alternate way of accessing educational materials or conveying or communicating knowledge or mastery of an objective in a course. Accommodations cannot lower the standards of a course or program.
In order for a student to be eligible for accommodations, the following will take place:
- The student will schedule an intake interview with the office of Disability Services (DS) by calling 610-607-6245.
- At the intake interview, the student will disclose the disability and discuss how the disability him or her.
- The student will present documentation of the disability that includes the nature, extent, and functional limitations of the disability (see documentation requirements).
- The student will request any accommodations needed because of the disability.
- Documentation will be confidentially maintained in the office.
- Disability Services staff will review the documentation to determine if the impairment is substantially limiting and will determine if the student is eligible for accommodations.
- If accommodations are deemed appropriate, DS staff and the student will sign a Student Accommodation Plan.
- DS staff will create a memo to each instructor listing the accommodations to be provided. The student will receive a copy.
- The student will present the accommodation memo to faculty, and DS staff will email the accommodation memos to faculty. Faculty will assist DS and the student in implementing the accommodations.
- Maintain a working relationship with Disability Services and discuss ongoing accommodation needs, as necessary throughout your time at RACC.
- Students, faculty, and DS staff will maintain an interactive, working relationship to appropriately accommodate students with documented disabilities.