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In order to support the educational pursuits of persons with disabilities in our service area, it is the mission of Virginia Highlands Community College to 1) disseminate information to increase awareness of services available to persons with disabilities, 2) assist with the matriculation of persons with disabilities into the college environment, 3) develop and implement disability -related support services which promote the educational and personal development of persons with disabilities by networking with campus and community based resources, and 4) assist with the successful integration of persons with disabilities into continued educational activities and/or the world of work.

Students with learning, psychological or physical disabilities are eligible to receive academic related accommodations. Students must self-identify themselves to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/504Coordinator at the College 30 days prior to the beginning of his or her first semester. At that time, the student should present appropriate documentation by a medical doctor, or psychologist. Appropriate documentation for a learning disability is a written report from the psychological evaluation. For physical disabilities, a physician must provide a formal diagnosis and list recommended academic accommodations. For psychological disabilities either documentation listed above is appropriate but should include a formal diagnosis from the DSM-IV. Accommodations are approved based on the disability presented in the documentation. Documentation presented to the college should be no more than five years old.

The Student Success Center, Project EXCEL, and the Tutoring Center works cooperatively with the ADA/504 Coordinator to ensure appropriate service delivery for students with disabilities.

Equipment
Some adaptive equipment is available as needed by current VHCC students with disabilities. It is important for disabled students who require adaptive technologies to notify the college at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester. Ideally, it is best to give the college 90 days to acquire needed hardware and software.

Services
Counseling, Tutoring, Interpreters, Readers, Scribes, Priority Registration, Large Print Materials, Textbook downloads, Distraction-Free Testing, Extended Time for tests. Please remember that we do not have full time interpreters, readers or scribes as we hire these individuals on a case to case basis. It can take up to 30 days to secure service persons through the required state employment process.

Forms
For Faculty Use: Request For Testing Accommodations

Informational Links:

Higher Education and Students with Disabilities: http://library.findlaw.com/1996/Oct/1/127211.html  
ADA Q & A: Section 504 & Postsecondary Education: http://www.pacer.org/publications/adaqa/504.asp

The ADA Coordinator, Karen Copenhaver, is located in room 124 of the Instructional & Student Services Center building (ISC 124) on the VHCC campus. Please call (276)739-2404 or email kcopenhaver@vhcc.edu for more information.

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Last updated: 9/18/2012 9:38:50 AM