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STUDENT GUIDE FOR DISABILITY SERVICES

disAbility Services Mission Statement


The mission of disAbility Services is to coordinate accommodations and facilitate 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.


The offices are located in the Student Service Center on the Washington Street campus. Services include, but are not limited to, advising, professional tutoring, specialized equipment, classroom accommodations, and coordination of testing accommodations. 
Services are available on all Amarillo College campuses.  Services may be provided by personnel on any campus but must be coordinated through the disAbility Services main office on the Washington Street campus.

 

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.

 

Caring through WOWCaring through WOW

  • Every student and colleague will say “WOW, you were so helpful, supportive, and open” after an interaction with us.

Caring through FUN

  • We will find ways to have fun with each other and celebrate each other.
  • We will find ways to make our work fun and effective.

Caring through INNOVATION

  • We will see ourselves a “roadblock remover” – for students and for each other.
  • We will always look for ways to help others and improve our processes.

Caring through FAMILY

  • We will find ways to show we care about our student and each other.
  • We will readily and effectively share information with each other.
  • We will approach our interactions with each other with trust and openness.
  • We will put the needs of others before our own.

Caring through YES

  • We will think “yes” first and find solutions rather than finding “no.”
  • We will be passionate about our jobs and helping each other.


 STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

TO RECEIVE SERVICES:

Referral
  1. The student must self-disclose the disability. 
  2. Student’s may be referred by their high school, teacher, parent, guardian, agency, faculty member, or self-referred.
Documentation
  1. The student must provide appropriate documentation of the disability.  This must be from a certifying professional qualified to make the diagnosis. 
  2. Documentation and/or testing is preferred to have been completed within the last five years, but may be accepted prior to that date if obtaining such documentation creates an undue burden to the student. 
  3. If a student is referred, but does not have appropriate documentation, it may be necessary for disAbility Services to refer them to DARS or other community resources for testing/diagnostics. 
  4. Amarillo College does not provide or pay for testing/diagnostics.
Accommodations
  1. After careful review of the documentation, disAbility Services and the student jointly develop an Accommodation Plan.  This plan outlines all specific classroom and testing accommodations for that student. 
  2. The student is responsible for obtaining the plan from disAbility Services. 
  3. The student will be sent a copy of the Accommodation Plan through their Amarillo College student email address each semester they request accommodations. 
  4. The student will then forward this email to each faculty member. 
  5. The faculty member will retain a copy of the Accommodation Plan for their records.   
  6. An Accommodation Plan must be completed each semester. 
  7. Students are encouraged to present the form to the faculty member as early in the semester as possible. 
  8. Students are also encouraged to make an appointment with the faculty member to review the Accommodation Plan. 

As a student you do not have to disclose your disability.  The faculty member may not ask you to disclose your disability.  The Accommodation Plan notes the accommodations needed, not the disability.  If you choose to conference with the faculty member it is your choice whether or not to disclose your disability.

Not on Washington Street Campus:
  1. Contact the disAbility Service office for an appointment. 
  2. The appointment may be conducted via telephone, SKYPE, email, or in person. 
  3. You may also contact the Site coordinator on your campus for assistance to coordinate services. 
  4. These individuals are listed under contacts on the website.
Online Student:
  1. Contact disAbility services to discuss your situation. 
  2. Obtaining documentation and correspondence may be completed via telephone, SKYPE, email, or in person. 
  3. An Accommodation Plan will be developed jointly between you, the student, and the disAbility Services Office. 
  4. The student will be sent a copy of the Accommodation Plan through their Amarillo College student email address each semester they request accommodations. 
  5. The student will then forward this email to each faculty member. 
  6. The faculty member will retain a copy of the Accommodation Plan for their records.   
  7. An Accommodation Plan must be completed each semester. 
  8. Students are encouraged to present the form to the faculty member as early in the semester as possible. 
  9. Students are also encouraged to make an appointment with the faculty member to review the Accommodation Plan. 


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 interpreters (ASL)
  3. Note taking assistance
  4. Alternative testing procedures
  5. Audio books
  6. Extended test time

Note:  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 these items from the designated area.
 

Testing:

Index

  1. Develop the plan each semester with disability Services.
  2.  Sign a copy of the Accommodation/Testing Procedures instructions for disability Services indicating  your understanding of these procedures. each semester.

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

WASHINGTON TESTING CENTER PROCEDURES:

The following Testing Accommodations may be provided through the Testing Center 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 through the Testing Center 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.  You must schedule an appointment with the disAbility Services Office:

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

Please note:  If you are granted extended test time as an accommodation you must allow this much time to complete your exam in compliance with Testing Center hours.  Plan your testing times carefully with your instructor and the Amarillo College Testing Center.

TESTING - MATH / SCIENCE TESTING CENTERS:

  1. These testing centers may be able to provide the testing accommodations needed.   
  2. Please communicate with your instructor or disAbility Services to determine the appropriate testing area. 
  3. 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
  4. The Science Testing Center will generally provide testing for science tests requiring extended time. 
  5. If you have additional accommodation needs please contact disAbility Services.

TESTING ON OTHER CAMPUSES:

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

  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:

Accommodations, such as extended test time also apply to tests administered on-line.  In other words, if a student needs longer to read/process/etc. material in the classroom testing situation he/she needs this in an on-line 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.

  • Testing Center     SSC 101     806-371-5445
  • Math Testing Center     DURR 103     806-371-5088
  • Science Testing Center     WARR 112     806-345-5536
  • West, East, Hereford, Moore     Schedule with instructor at the appropriate locations


GENERAL ADVISING:

Students with disabilities will generally be advised initially through disAbility Services.  Students will also be referred to the Divisional Advisors and Faculty Members.



SPECIAL PROJECTS:

Disability Awareness:  The disAbility Services staff participates in Resource fairs and other campus activities highlighting services to students.

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

Faculty/Staff Training:
disAbility Services is participating in a series of training sessions through the Employee Organization and Development Department. The disAbility Services office is here for you.  Please contact us at any time to visit or present training to you and/or your department. 

Because We Can:

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 to have fun. 



STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Students have the right to:

  • Participate in higher education;

  • Equal access to academic content and educational opportunities;

  • Participate in student activities;

  • accommodations;

  • Confidentiality of all disability related information;

  • File a formal or informal complaint if discrimination is occurring.



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.



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, Advising Associate, 806-371-5917

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

Danette White, Administrative Clerk, 806-345-5639

Sophia Maes, Student Assistant, 806-345-5639



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