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FACULTY GUIDE FOR DISABILITY SERVICES:

The mission of disAbility Services is to Coordinate accommodations and facilitate equal access to all services and programs at Amarillo College.  Other essential elements of the disAbility program are to increase awareness of persons with disabilities, provide training to faculty and staff, and maintain compliance with federal and state laws.

 

This resource guide contains valuable information related to the provision of accommodations, procedures, and additional resource material related to working with students with disabilities.


Faculty Rights and Responsibilities:

Referral

A faculty member may refer a student to disAbility Services at any time. It is recommended that you suggest a student may benefit from services offered through disAbility Services.  It is not appropriate to state that you think a student has a disability.

Documentation

If a student is referred, but does not have appropriate documentation it may be necessary for disAbility Services to refer him to TWC/DARS or other community resources.  Amarillo College does not perform or pay for diagnostic testing. 

Accommodation Plan

The Accommodation Plan will be given to you by the student.  He will give you the plan either in person or through email.  The student will request accommodations from disAbility Services and receive a copy of the plan through their student email address.  It is then the student’s responsibility to forward this email on to you or to print out copies and provide you with one for your records.  Please review the Accommodation Plan received from the student and retain a copy for your records.  It may be helpful to discuss the provision of accommodations with the student outside of class.  This gives you an opportunity to convey to the student your understanding of the provision of the accommodations.  Keep any information confidential.

All accommodations should be reasonable, not alter the fundamental nature of the course or program, and not pose a threat to the health and safety of others.  The faculty does not have the right to refuse to provide required accommodations, ask the student to disclose their disability, or request to examine student records pertaining to the disability.  Please direct questions concerning the provision of accommodations to the disAbility Services Office.

Not on Washington Campus?

Accommodation Plans are processed through the disAbility Services office.  Please refer any student needing accommodations to our office.  We will coordinate the provision of the Accommodation Plan with a contact person on each campus.

Teaching On-Line

Faculty members teaching online classes will receive an accommodation plan via email from the student once the Plan has been developed with the student and disAbility Services personnel.  Please review the Plan and contact disAbility Services with any questions.  Please retain a copy of the Accommodation Plan for your records. You may want to let the student know that you received the email and communicate any specifics about providing the accommodations to the student in your class.   

Faculty members have the right to

  1. Maintain the rigor and the fundamental nature of their course content.
  2. Review an accommodation with the disAbility Services office.
  3. Request that a student contact the disAbility Services office to receive an Accommodaiton Plan before providing an accommodation.
 

SYLLABI:

All class syllabi should contain a statement advising students of the disAbility Services Office.  The statement in the syllabi should read as follows:

If you have a disability (learning, mental, physical) that affects your ability to participate effectively and have access to any program or service at Amarillo College please contact disAbiltiy Services at (806) 345-5639.  Our offices are located in the Student Service Center Room 112.  More information may be found at www.actx.edu/disability.

 

Amarillo College Web Accessibility Policy Statement

Amarillo College is committed to providing equal access to all programs and services, including all working, learning, and service environments that affect equal access for persons with disabilities.  This commitment to provide equal access and opportunity for persons with disabilities is in compliance with federal and state law.  Amarillo College also strives to provide Electronic and Information Resources (EIR) that are accessible to all authorized users.

If you find you are unable to access material in an accessible format please contact the disAbility Services office at (806) 345-5639.  This office will work in conjunction with other campus resources to address and accommodate your issue in a timely manner.


 

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Classroom

Accommodations are unique to each student with a disability.  They may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Preferential Seating
  2. Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters
  3. Note Taking Assistance
  4. Alternative Testing Procedures
  5. Textbooks in Audio/E-Text/or Other Alternate Format
  6. Extended Test Time
  7. Equipment:  furniture and equipment placed in classrooms/labs is for use by the disAbility Services Student.  Do not allow other students/faculty to remove or rearrange this item from the designated area.

Testing

Special testing services may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Alternative Test Site
  2. Extended Test Time
  3. Oral Test Administration
  4. Answers Recorded by Scribe

All tests for students with disabilities will be processed through the Amarillo College Testing Center on the Washington campus except for the following:

  1. On-line testing
  2. Tests administered on other campuses or in other specialized testing centers.

Please note:  All testing locations must maintain test security, confidentiality and provide the accommodation noted on the accommodation plan.  Any questions should be directed to the disAbility Services office.

  1. Students must arrange an appropriate test date with the faculty member.
  2. The faculty member should send the test to the Testing Center on the Washington St. Campus at least one working day before the test date and plan to pick up the completed test from the Testing Center.
  3. Testing accommodations requiring a scribe and alternate method of administration (test read to student by staff member) are scheduled by the student with disAbility Services.  The test is processed through the testing center or one of the exceptions/locations mentioned above.

Testing accommodations apply to any test given to the student unless otherwise outlined on the Accommodation Plan.  Therefore, pop quizzes, are also considered a test and subject to the same accommodation guidelines as major exams.  To avoid this student missing valuable lecture material it may be most appropriate to schedule these quizzes at the end of a class period to allow for extended test time as an accommodation.  Please work with the student to arrange an appropriate testing accommodation for pop quizzes.   

The student is NOT expected to miss your class because he is using testing accommodations.  It is the student’s responsibility to arrange appropriate testing times. 

If you have any questions please contact the Testing Center at 371-5445 or disAbility Services at 345-5639.


 

TESTING

Washington Campus Testing Center Procedures:

The following Testing Accommodations may be provided without an appointment through the Testing Center:

  1. Extended test time
  2. Large Print Tests
  3. Quiet/Distraction Limited Environment
  4. Use of a Calculator

The following Testing Accommodations may be provided with an appointment through the Testing Center:

  1. Oral Questioning (use of specialized software)
  2. Use of CCTV
  3. Spell/Grammar Check
  4. Other Computer Related Accommodations

The following Testing Accommodations may be provided through the disAbility Services Office:

  1. Scribe
  2. Certain Oral Test Administration
  3. Use of Specialized Equipment or Software

Please note:  If the student is granted extended test time as an accommodation he must allow this much time to complete the exam in compliance with Testing Center hours.  Please plan the testing times carefully.

Math/Science Testing Center Procedures:

These testing centers may be able to provide the testing accommodations needed.   Please communicate with the student to determine the appropriate testing area. 

The Math Testing Center will generally provide testing for skill drills and testing that requires extra time or an isolated testing location for math classes.  If the student has additional accommodation needs please have them contact disAbility Services.

The Science Testing Center will generally provide testing for science tests requiring extended time.  If the student has additional accommodation needs please have them contact disAbility Services.

Other Campus Testing Center Procedures:

Testing arrangements may be made to allow the student the appropriate testing accommodations noted on the Accommodation Plan.  As in all situations, testing arrangements should begin with a conversation between the faculty member and the student.

  1. Arrange appropriate time and place on the campus to allow for the needed accommodation.
  2. Moore County, West Campus, and the Hereford Campuses have a Testing Center so tests may be coordinated through them.
  3. East Campus coordinates testing accommodations through arranging an appropriate time and place with the student and instructor.

On-Line Testing Procedures:

Accommodations, such as extended test time, also apply to tests administered online.  In other words, if a student needs longer to read/process/etc. material in the classroom testing situation he needs this in an online situation as well. Students with disabilities should not be penalized in any way for needing this accommodation or required to come to campus to meet accommodation needs.  For assistance with setting up additional time for online exams please consult the Center for Teaching and Learning.

You may also find helpful information online at the Amarillo College Testing Center.


 

GENERAL ADVISING:

Students with disabilities will generally be advised initially by disAbility Services.  Students will also be referred to the Divisional Advisors, Success Center, and Faculty Members.  If, as a faculty member you are advising a student with a disability please refer them to the disAbility Services office for additional information regarding disability related issues.    
 


 

SPECIAL PROJECTS:

Faculty/Staff Training:
disAbility Services is available to present a variety of training issues and scenarios to faculty and staff.  This office also coordinates training initiatives with other Amarillo College departments.

Disability Issues:
The disAbility Services Department will distribute timely information through email throughout the year.  These articles will be titled Disability Issues and will offer information regarding issues and policies related to the college and students with disabilities. 

LITE:
The Living Independently Through Education program is a scholarship program developed to raise scholarship funds for students with disabilities to attend Amarillo College.

AC Ability Club:
This is a student group for students with disabilities and others interested in disability issues.  This group, sponsored by the Amarillo College Student Government, allows students the opportunity to: network with others, build leadership skills, investigate career opportunities, help others, and have fun. 


 

GRIEVANCES:

A student who feels they are not receiving the accommodation requested should be referred to disAbility Services.  The grievance procedures outlined in the Student Rights and Responsibilities manual will be maintained.


DISABILITY AND THE LAW:

Amarillo College is governed by the following laws and provisions in order to service students with disabilities:  Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 2000, the ADAAA of 2009, and the Amarillo College Mission Statement.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states that “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall solely, by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the overall mission of Amarillo College are the guidelines by which Amarillo College provides reasonable accommodations for our students.

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act states that “No qualified individual with a disability shall by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

The ADA defines disability as “a person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities.” These include; learning, working, eating, performing manual tasks, carrying, lifting, walking, standing, seeing, breathing, hearing, talking, and caring for oneself.

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 2000 “Requires that federal procurement of electronic and information technology after August 2000 must be accessible to federal employees who have disabilities and to members of the public with disabilities who need to use that technology - Section 508 also applies to web sites that are produced for government agencies.”

The ADAAA has expanded the definition of “major life activities” and adds a new major life activity category called “major bodily function.”  The implication for higher education is that with the expanded definition of disability more students may be eligible for services.

 

Amarillo College Mission Statement

“Amarillo College, enriching the lives of our students and our community.” This statement confirms our commitment to all persons to work toward their educational goals to achieve their dreams and personal success stories.


REFERENCES - Information on Specific Disability Groups:

  1. Blindness/Visual Impairment, Resource- American Council of the Blind
  2. Blind Resource Center
  3. Cerebral Palsy, Resource:  United Cerebral Palsy Association Inc.
  4. Cerebral Palsy Guide
  5. Deafness/Hearing Impairment, Resource – Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf
  6. League for the Hard of Hearing
  7. Seizure Disorder, Resource – Epilepsy Foundation of America
  8. Orthopedic/Mobility Impaired, Resources -The Arthritis Foundation
  9. Muscular Dystrophy Association
  10. Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
  11. National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  12. National Spinal Cord Injury Association
  13. Specific Learning Disability, Resource – LD Resources
  14. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Resource – Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, CHADD
  15. Speech/Language Disorder, Resource – National Center for Stuttering-
  16. National Depressive/Manic Depressive Association
  17. Tourette Syndrome, Resource – Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc.
  18. Traumatic Brain Injury.  Resource – Brain Injury Association Help Line


DISABILITY SERVICES STAFF:

Brenda Rossnagel, Coordinator, 806-371-5436

Tyler Grant, Advisor, Academic Advisor, 806-371-5917

Math Tutor, 806-371-5919 or 806-345-5639

Danette White, Administrative Clerk, 806-345-5639

Sophia Maes, Student Assistant, 806-345-5639



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