Students requesting accommodations should ask their doctor or diagnostic center to provide the School with documentation of their disability and specific recommendations for accommodations. They should also submit all student assessment forms. The documentation must be current, follow documentation guidelines, and should be sent four weeks in advance of the term to allow sufficient time to prepare. Documentation will be held in confidence. Once this documentation is received, the Office of AccessABILITY Services will determine the reasonable accommodations to be provided, issue an accommodation card to the student, and arrange for these accommodations to be made within the context of the student’s academic journey at Guttman Community College.
Unlike high school, where students are automatically provided with testing and accommodations services, on the college campus it is the student’s responsibility to self-disclose to the office of disability services and to provide documentation in order to receive accommodations. The laws that govern the K-12 environment are not the same as those that govern the college environment.
In general, documentation must be provided by a physician or other appropriate licensed professional. This documentation must consist of a current report or evaluation prepared by the appropriate professional, along with a completed intake form.
The documentation must:
- Specify the diagnosis, including when the diagnosis was made and the likely duration of the condition if not ongoing.
- describe in detail the student’s functional limitations created by the diagnosis; and
- Indicate accommodations that are recommended for the student, along with explanations as to why these accommodations would be useful.
- Individual Education Programs (IEPs) can be provided with an appropriate psychological/educational report or medical documentation. However, IEP’s are not sufficient documentation of disability.
Students who are diagnosed with a disability and interested in registering for accommodations and services from the Office of AccessABILITY Services are encouraged to provide medical documentation of their disability in order to determine the best and most appropriate accommodations.
In order to receive academic adjustments, students are required to submit documentation and schedule an assessment/intake session with a representative from AccessABILITY Services. During the session, a unit staff member will review documents and discuss academic adjustments.
Students who register with the Office of AccessABILITY are given accommodation cards to present to faculty regarding the accommodations they should receive in class and for testing. Students must present their card to their instructors in order to receive the accommodations to which they are entitled.
Please be advised it is at the students’ discretion and responsibility to discuss their accommodations with their academic advisor and instructional team.