Both Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 proclaim that qualified students with disabilities have the right to reasonable modifications in all campus programs and services in order to make a college education truly accessible. The Accessibility Services office assists students in arranging auxiliary aids and services necessary to ameliorate the effects of the student’s disability on his/her academic experience. What is “reasonable” is determined between Accessibility Services and the student.
Accommodation letters describing the student’s accommodations are delivered to faculty by the individual student. Such accommodations are not optional and are not left to the discretion of the instructor; however, the coordinator encourages and welcomes consultation, questions, and concerns. The coordinator may or may not have written permission from a student to discuss the nature of the student’s disability, but can discuss the student’s functional limitations relating to the individual classroom, curriculum, and tests.
Services to faculty include:
- Specialized test administration for students enrolled at either the Jamestown or Cattaraugus County Campus who need to take their tests in The Learning Center for disability-related reasons
- Consultation regarding classroom and testing adaptations for individual students
- Consultation regarding students with learning difficulties
- Preliminary screening of students with possible learning disabilities