Pennsylvania Highlands Community College recognizes and supports the standards set forth in Sec 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, which are designed to eliminate discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. Disabilities may include physical or mental impairments which substantially limit one or more of a person’s major life activities which necessitate modifications to the facilities, programs, or services of the College. Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is committed to making reasonable accommodations for qualifying students with disabilities as required by applicable laws. The College is also committed to making its facilities accessible as required by applicable laws. The College is not required to make accommodations that are unduly burdensome or that fundamentally alter the nature of the College’s programs.
Students wishing to request accommodations must visit the Counselor/ADA Specialist whose office is located within the Student Success Center. Students are required to fill out a form only viewed by the Counselor/ADA Specialist which describes the disability and how it will affect the student’s major life activities as relevant to Pennsylvania Highlands Community College programs. In addition, the student must include on this form the accommodations he or she is requesting from the College. A student requesting accommodation is required to provide current acceptable documentation at his or her expense. The documentation must be authored by objective professionals qualified to diagnose the disability for which the accommodation is requested. This documentation must verify the nature and extent of the disability and manner in which the disability limits major life activities relevant to the student’s participation in coursework at Pennsylvania Highlands.
All documentation is required to be submitted a minimum of two weeks prior to the start of the semester. This period is required for the Counselor/ADA Specialist to conduct a thorough review and arrange any accommodations which will be provided. Students who provide incomplete documentation will not be given consideration for accommodations. The College reserves the right to request any additional information or documentation it deems necessary to formulate a reasonable and appropriate accommodation plan.
- Be prepared by an objective professional qualified in the diagnoses of such conditions.
- Include information regarding testing procedures followed, instruments used for the assessment of the disability, test results, and written interpretation of these results as they pertain to an educational environment and/or participation in the College’s programs.
- Reflect the individual’s present level of functioning in the areas related to the particular accommodations request.
- Be prepared no more than three years prior to the initial request for accommodation.
- Educational records from one’s high school must be provided as additional verification.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 states that no otherwise qualified individual with disability “shall, solely by reason of disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Recognizing that this regulation extends to colleges and universities, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is committed to providing access to all educational programs for persons with disabilities.
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College provides reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, and support services for students with documented disabilities that are based upon the student’s disability documentation and functional limitations. Some services which may be provided based on functional limitations include:
- Exam accommodations including extended time and use of adaptive technology.
- Alternate Media including texts on tape/CD, e-text, and Braille.
- Access to class notes.
- Access to TTY equipment and Victor Vibe Readers.
- Assistive Technology including the following programs: Kurzweil and Dragon Naturally Speaking.
- Disability counseling.
- Adaptive furniture.
Once all the documentation has been approved and an accommodation plan has been established the student is responsible for three items:
- Regular communication with faculty.
- Regular meetings with faculty and designated staff to facilitate proper implementation of the plan.
- Regular conferences with faculty and the Counselor/ADA Specialist to monitor the effectiveness of the accommodations.
Note-takers from among other students enrolled in a course will be sought to assist students with motor, hearing, emotional, processing, or other disabilities. The services are determined by the Counselor/ADA Specialist and is done all in confidentiality.
Reader Services will be provided for students with reading, visual, visual processing, or other disabilities when deemed a reasonable accommodation. Textbooks on tape when available will be supplied from national tape lending libraries. When appropriate, students will be provided with readers for exams. Exam readers must be requested at least three days in advance.
Requests for extended time on exams and assignments are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Extensions must be requested at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester.
Mike Lucas, ADA Specialist
Student Success Center