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Welcome to the Student Accessibility Services Office at Blue Ridge Community College!

At Blue Ridge Community College, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and accessible learning environment for all students. Our Student Accessibility Services Office (SAS) plays a crucial role in ensuring that students with disabilities have equal access to educational opportunities, support services, and resources.

Mission Statement:

Our mission at the Student Accessibility Services Office is to empower students with disabilities to achieve their academic and personal goals by providing equitable access, support, and advocacy within the Blue Ridge Community College community. 

Services are provided in compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its attachments and the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended in 2008 (ADAAA).

Services:

Student Accessibility Services offers a range of services and accommodations to eligible students, including but not limited to:

  • Academic accommodations, such as extended test-taking time and note-taking support.
  • Accessible course materials, including textbooks in alternative formats.
  • Assistive technology resources and training.
  • Individualized counseling and support.
  • Liaison services with faculty and staff to ensure accommodations are implemented effectively.
  • ASL interpreters

Please note: students must register with Student Accessibility Services in order to receive academic accommodations. Students can register at any time. However, accommodations are not retroactive so students are encouraged to register prior to classes starting.

Contáctenos

Carolyn Levine
Student Accessibility Services Coordinator
(828) 694-1813
Fax: (828) 696-2446
access@blueridge.edu

View Student Accessibility Services Office Hours

How to Get Accommodations

To register with Student Accessibility Services, students must provide SAS with disability documentation and complete the request for accommodations form.

Or

  • Submit copies of documentation that you already have. For example: Psychological Evaluation, CCA, Physician’s Notes, Inpatient/Discharge Summaries, Letter from your treatment provider, etc. For additional information on the required documentation, please ​contact the SAS office.
  • Documentation can be submitted in-person at the SAS office (SINK 125), via fax: (828) 696-2446 or via email: access@blueridge.edu 

Please note: An Individual Educational Plan (IEP) / 504 Plan from a public school may help establish a history of accommodations. However, it is not adequate on its own to document a disability.

Once documentation is received, SAS reviews it to ensure it supports the accommodations requested.

Documentation must support the accommodations requested! SAS will contact you if additional documentation is needed to support the accommodations you have requested.

  • A diagnosis does not guarantee eligibility for every accommodation requested.
  • Students can qualify for the same accommodations with different diagnoses:
    • E.g. students can qualify for extended time on tests diagnosed with ADHD, Learning Disability, Anxiety, etc.

If it has been more than 3 business days since you have submitted documentation to the SAS office and you have not heard from a member of our staff, please contact us at (828) 694-1813 or access@blueridge.edu.

After your documentation is reviewed, SAS will contact you to schedule a meeting to develop your accommodation plan.

  • Students are not considered to be registered with SAS until completion of this final meeting.
  • Students will receive their accommodation letter at this meeting.
  • Meetings are offered in-person, virtually, or over the phone.

Recursos para estudiantes

Screen Readers and Reading Support Tools

NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access)

NVDA is a FREE open source software screen reader software. Download NVDA.

  • Support for popular applications including web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, email clients, internet chat software, music players, and office programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Built-in speech synthesizer supporting over 55 languages, plus support for many other 3rd party voices
  • Reporting of textual formatting where available such as font name and size, style and spelling errors
  • Automatic announcement of text under the mouse and optional audible indication of the mouse position
  • Support for many refreshable braille displays, including input of Braille via braille displays that have a braille keyboard
  • Ability to run entirely from a USB flash drive or other portable media without the need for installation
  • Easy to use talking installer
  • Translated into more than 50 languages
  • Support for modern Windows Operating Systems including both 32 and 64 bit variants
  • Ability to run on Windows logon and other secure screens
  • Announcing controls and text while interacting with gestures on touch screens

Tutoring

  • Blue Ridge Community College’s Student Success Centers (SSC) provide academic support and tutoring to Blue Ridge Community College students in curriculum and developmental courses through the use of one-on-one instruction, peer and instructor tutoring, computerized instruction, and workshops. A Student Success Center instructor is always available, during Student Success Center open hours, to provide assistance.
  • Outside of Blue Ridge’s hours and for added flexibility, all curriculum students on all campuses can receive free online tutoring through ThinkingStorm,. This live tutoring service is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
    • How to Access:
      • Log in to myCourses. Find the link to ThinkingStorm inside a course or in the footer under “Student Success.”
        or
      • Log in to ThinkingStorm with Blue Ridge username and password.

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