Disability Services FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is a "disability" under the ADA?
Section 3 (2) of the ADA defines "disability" as: A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such individual; a record of such an impairment; or being regarded as having such an impairment.
Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (public institutions are covered under Title II), students with documented disabilities may request accommodations that will enable them to participate in postsecondary educational programs.
2. Must there be documentation of the disability?
Yes. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 insures that: ''students with documented disabilities may request modifications, accommodations, or auxiliary aids which will enable them to participate in and benefit from all postsecondary educational programs and activities.''
3. What is a verifying documentation?
Acceptable documentation of disability includes: medical report, psychological evaluation, psycho-educational evaluations, records from Division of Services for the Blind, Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Vocational Rehabilitation, and in some cases a physician's statement. (While this list in not totally inclusive, it should serve to set the parameters for accepted documentation.)
4. What are the student's responsibilities?
disclose the disability to the DSO director.
provide up-to-date documentation from a qualified professional of the disability.
request specific accommodations.
meet with the Director for regularly scheduled appointments.
complete the DSO paperwork at the beginning of each term.
comply with all policies, codes, and regulations of Blue Ridge Community College.
5. What is the responsibility of the Disability Services Office?
During your first visit with the Director, your documentation will be reviewed and you will be asked what will help you the most. Your needs are unique, and a plan will be designed to assist you specifically. This Individualized Accommodation Plan will be printed for you to take to your instructors on or before the first day of class. The Disabilities Services Office will maintain in confidentiality the records, which you provide, and other paperwork that you submit.
If you are in crisis or an emergency and you need to see the Director, please come to the disability office.
6 . What are some examples of reasonable accommodations?
Examples of ''reasonable accommodations'' include:
Removal of architectural barriers
Extended time on assignments and tests (one and a half time, in most cases)
7. What accommodations might not be given?
Because of the nature of the ADA, accommodations insure access, but do not insure success. Academic and technical standards must be met. The law speaks of reasonable accommodations? However, an accommodation is not deemed reasonable if it imposes undue financial or administrative burden? or if it requires "fundamental alteration in the nature of a program." Darian v. University of Massachusetts, 980 F. Supp 77 (MA 1997)
8. Whom do I contact for further information?
Director of Disability Services
Blue Ridge Community College
180 West Campus Drive
Flat Rock, NC 28731