Student Support Services is committed to providing students with disabilities access to our campuses’ resources and opportunities to obtain a quality educational experience at GHC. Disability Access is the first contact for students with disabilities to arrange accommodations and locate campus & community resources. To access accommodations, students must first connect with Disability Access and provide the appropriate documentation as outlined by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, to establish eligibility. Early planning is encouraged to allow Disability Access adequate time to make the necessary arrangements for accommodations. Students may meet with a member of our staff in person or via phone, or video conference as their needs require.
The Right to Access and the Opportunity for Success
Students with disabilities are entitled to non-discrimination and reasonable accommodations. SSS provides accessible programs, services, and reasonable accommodations for any student with a documented, qualifying disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Americans with Disabilities Acts of 1990 mandate that educational institutions provide students with disabilities the necessary accommodations to ensure equal access to all academic and co-curricular programs and services. For more information visit the ADA website.
College expectations can be quite different from high school. To assist you in understanding these differences, please see the following:
- Key Differences between High School & College
- Transitioning to College for Students with Disabilities
It is important to note that ensuring reasonable accommodations and equal access to academic offerings does not mean that students are guaranteed academic success. The way students with disabilities perform with accommodations varies as widely as the academic performance of non-disabled students.
Accommodations are meant to provide a level playing field to ensure that all students are presented with a learning opportunity in which the path to success is accessible; it is still up to each student to find that success by meeting course objectives.
All entitlements to accommodations are based on documentation and University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents Standards. The following is a list of possible services and accommodations you may qualify for based on your disability and individual needs. Please note that this list is not inclusive of all accommodations that can be provided, nor are all students eligible for all accommodations.
- Accessible furniture, such as: adjustable tables and seating
- ACCUPLACER accommodations
- Alternative media equipment, such as: adapted key boards, monitors, and software
- Alternative format materials, such as: electronic textbooks, Braille, and enlarged print
- Assistive technology, such as: screen reading software, speech-to-text software
- Audio record lectures
- Help finding note-takers
- Preferential seating
- Reduced course load
- Sign language interpreters/captioning services
- Testing accommodations, such as: extended time, calculator; spell/grammar check
The primary form of service delivery will be Accommodation Letters, which will describe recommended accommodations. The student is responsible for requesting services and providing an Accommodation Letter to each faculty member the student is taking a class with each semester.
Instructors do NOT supply accommodations to a student who has not followed the procedures of self-identifying, providing appropriate documentation, and providing an Accommodation Letter from Student Support Services.
All facilities used by students at each campus are monitored for accessibility to the best of Student Support Services’ ability. Students who are considering enrollment at Georgia Highlands College may schedule consultations and tours of the campus of their choice.
Interested in registering for services? Please review the Getting Started tab for more information!