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Getting Started

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
– Lou Holtz

Overview

Welcome to Georgia Highlands College!  To request Disability Access accommodations, please follow the steps below. It is the student’s responsibility to self-identify and initiate this process.  However, students are welcome to invite a family member to attend any meetings they have scheduled with Disability Access staff. Students may meet with a member of our staff in person or via phone, or video conference as their needs require.

What services do I have a RIGHT to receive?

  • Equal access to an education
  • Reasonable accommodations based on appropriate documentation
  • Equal and fair treatment
  • Confidentiality in all matters of your documentation and educational record

What are my RESPONSIBILITIES?

  • Provide appropriate documentation of your disability
  • Meet privately with faculty to discern how your accommodations will be facilitated
  • Self-advocacy
  • Request academic accommodations in a timely manner relative to the semester

Requesting Accommodations

STUDENTS REQUESTING COURSE ACCOMMODATIONS

Step 1:

Complete the Intake Request Form.  The Intake Form serves as your formal request for services.  You may complete this form at any point once you have been accepted for admission to GHC.  The registration process takes time.  Therefore, all students are encouraged to register with Disability Access in a timely manner.  Ideally, you should submit your request for services at least 4 weeks before the semester you will begin classes.  Registering later in the semester can delay implementation of your accommodations.

Step 2:

Obtain current documentation of the disability following the Documentation Guidelines  as outlined by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. See Disability Access Forms page.

Step 3:

Submit the completed Intake Request Form, and current documentation of the disability to the email or mailing address below. Submit the completed form and current documentation of the disability via:

Email: disabilityaccess@highlands.edu
Mail: GHC - Floyd Campus
Student Support Services
3175 Cedartown Highway
Rome, GA 30161

Step 4:

Allow time for Disability Access to review all information.  Consultation with appropriate entities may be necessary to determine eligibility and appropriate accommodations.  You will be contacted once your information is reviewed and provided with further instructions regarding the next steps to completing your registration with Disability Access.

Step 5:

Respond in a timely manner to Disability Access follow-up about the request for accommodations.  The follow-up could include a request for additional information or scheduling an appointment to discuss accommodations.

Step 6:

Work with Disability Access, faculty and staff to complete the steps required to arrange for your accommodations.

 

STUDENTS REQUESTING STANDARDIZED TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS

To request accommodations for standardized testing, please follow the steps below:

Step 1:

Complete the Pre-Admission Registration Form. Requesting accommodations requires at least a two-week notice. Less time may not guarantee accommodations for your test date.

Step 2:

Obtain current documentation of the disability following the Documentation Guidelines as outlined by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. See Disability Access Forms page.

Step 3:

Submit the completed Pre-Admission Registration Form, and current documentation of the disability to the email or mailing address below. You will be contacted once your information is reviewed and provided with further instructions to arrange for the test. Submit the completed form and current documentation of the disability via:

Email: disabilityaccess@highlands.edu
Mail: GHC - Floyd Campus
Student Support Services
3175 Cedartown Highway
Rome, GA 30161

 

STUDENTS WITH APPROVED ACCOMMODATIONS

Step 1:

Request an Accommodations Letter each semester by submitting a copy of your course schedule to Disability Access.

Step 2:

Work with Disability Access, faculty and staff to complete the steps required to arrange for your accommodations.