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Disability Access Information Packet

 

Accommodated Testing

GHC Testing Centers proctor exams with accommodations. See the Accommodated Testing webpage for scheduling and proctoring information.

 

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 www.ada.gov.

 

Requesting Disability Access

Students wishing to request accommodations may do so at any time once accepted for admission to GHC, following the Requesting Accommodations process on the Getting Started page.

Students are encouraged to initiate requests at least 4 weeks before the semester beings, as the registration process takes time.  Registering later in the semester can delay implementation of your accommodations.  Documentation of the disability and a discussion with the campus disability services provider is necessary in determining accommodations.  Accommodations may vary among students due to the nature of the disability and the supporting documentation.

 

Faculty Accommodation Letters (FAN)

Accommodation Letters are now called Faculty Accommodation Notifications, or FAN.

Faculty Accommodation Notifications are used to communicate approved accommodations with course instructors. The student is responsible for requesting a new FAN each semester, by following the steps below:

STEP 1.  Submit a copy of your course schedule to the campus Disability Specialist.  It takes 48 hours to process the request.

STEP 2.  Check your student email account for your FAN. The instructors listed on your course schedule are copied on the email.

STEP 3.  Make an appointment with each course instructor to review the FAN, discuss the accommodations you plan to use for the course, and how these will be provided.

Online students may follow these steps using email to communicate with course instructors. 

 

Tips for Talking with Professors About Accommodations

Make an appointment to meet with your professors. Find a time during scheduled office hours, or by appointment, to meet privately with your instructor. Email your professor to arrange the meeting as soon as possible.  In general, the time immediately following class is usually not a good time to talk.  This is often when everybody with a question bombards the professor.  Most importantly, the environment does not provide the privacy to ensure confidentiality.  It is better to make an appointment.

Start in your comfort zone. Start by approaching those professors you feel most comfortable around. As you gain confidence, set up appointments with the other professors.

Be prepared.  Bring your accommodation letter to the appointment. Be prepared to educate your instructor about your accommodation needs. Helping them understand how you learn will allow the best possible relationship.

Discuss your accommodations.  Be ready to discuss the approved accommodations you plan to use for the course and how these will be provided.  Making the arrangements clear in the beginning will avoid problems and possible conflicts later.

Understand the effect of your disability.  Focus the discussion on your accommodations, not your disability. You do not need to disclose your diagnosed disability to your professors to receive accommodations, but it is helpful for them to know how it affects you in the classroom.  Do you have trouble concentrating?  Is it hard to follow the professor while taking notes?  Can you see information presented in class?  If professors have this information, they may have a better idea of how to appropriately accommodate your disability.

Be polite.  If you are rude or demanding, both you and the professor may get defensive and the conversation becomes unproductive – it turns into a “battle of wills.”  You can still receive help or accommodations to which you are entitled without demanding them.

Know your rights. Students with documented disabilities are entitled to receive reasonable accommodations, as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Online students may follow these tips using email to communicate with course instructors. 

 

Questions or Concerns?

SSS-Disability Support is available to address questions, concerns, or to assist you in solving a disability related problem. Please contact the campus Disability Specialist or email disabilityaccess@highlands.edu to get in touch with the appropriate party.  We can only offer solutions if we know what the problems are.