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Administration

Disability Support Services

 WELCOME TO DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES

Union County College is committed to providing an inclusive educational experience for students with disabilities. Disability Support Services are designed to assist students with documented disabilities. The goal is to ensure that each Union County College student is provided equal access to the College’s academic programs, activities, and awards without discrimination on the basis of a disabling condition. Students who have documented disabilities may receive help with the following:

  • Academic Accommodations
  • Academic Advisement and Registration Assistance
  • Testing Accommodations
  • Interpreting Services
  • Referral to Community Resources
  • Assistive Technologies

Union County College adheres to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, including the recent Amendments, and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

In College, the disability identification process differs significantly from high school. In college, it is the student’s responsibility to self-disclose and to provide appropriate documentation of disability needs to the Disability Support Services (DSS) Office at Union County College. Once documentation is reviewed the student will be asked to schedule a meeting with the DSS Coordinator to discuss accommodation needs.

At Union, this process begins at the point of acceptance. Your Admission packet will include information about Disability Support Services. Students should fill out the enclosed form and send it along with the appropriate documentation to the DSS office.

Students desiring Disability Support Services should fill out the Disability Services Application.

All offices, departments, programs, and personnel of the College cooperate to ensure an equally accessible educational environment.

The Disability Support Services Office is concerned with those campus situations that may create a barrier to learning.  Students are encouraged to use the assistance offered by this College office.

A student with a disability who believes they has been a victim of discrimination should refer to the Grievance Procedure for Students published in the Union County College Student Handbook for resolution of the grievance/concern.

IMPORTANT FACTS:

  • Students must supply their own appropriate documentation
  • Documentation must be less than three years old
  • Accommodations are based solely on the documentation and student interview
  • No fundamental changes are permitted to the college requirements
  • There are no special education services in college (i.e.-in-class support, pull out resource)
  • Accommodation requests should to be made before the beginning of each semester to ensure full use of accommodations for the entire semester
  • No accommodation request is official until the Accommodation Alert Form is provided to the professor and a signed copy is returned to the DSS office.
  • Accommodations are not retroactive

STANDARD DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS:

As defined by law, if a student has self-identified as a person with a disability and wishes to seek accommodations, appropriate documentation must be submitted.

All documentation must verify the disability, functional limitations and the need for accommodations. Students must meet all requirements and institutional standards for all classes. Depending upon the disability, documentation might include:

Language and Learning Disabilities: Specific Learning Disability, Speech or Communication Impairment

  • Educational Evaluation (usually less than three years old), with the specific diagnosis by a licensed psychologist or a learning consultant, including standardized test scores
    • acceptable tests include: Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement, Wechsler Individual Achievement Test, Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement

AND

  • Psychological Evaluation (usually less than three years old), with the specific diagnosis by a licensed psychologist or a learning consultant, including standardized test scores
    • acceptable tests include: Woodcock Johnson Test of Cognitive Abilities, Wechsler Adult Intellegence Scale, Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, Stanford Binet Intelligence Scale

OPTIONAL:

  • Speech and Language Evaluation, if appropriate
  • Most recent Individual Education Program (IEP) helps to inform about the support the student has received in the past.

Medical, Developmental, Physical or Sensory Disabilities: Intellectual Disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Visual Impairment, Hearing Impairment, Orthopedic Disability, Seizure Disorder, Other Health Impairment 

  • Comprehensive physician diagnosis and report, (usually less than one year old) including:
    • type and severity of current symptoms
    • functional impact of the disability
    • current medications, treatments, and/or services currently prescribed
    • description of expected progression or stability of the disability or illness over time
    • recommendations for accommodations or services connecting the need for the accommodations to the functional impact of the disability.

OR

Psychiatric/Psychological Disabilities: 

  • Current documentation (usually less than one year old); an official report from a licensed psychiatrist, licensed psychologist, licensed social worker, or licensed mental health provider to include:
    • specific diagnosis
    • description of current symptoms
    • summary of comprehensive assessment
    • history of symptoms
    • validation of need for services related to the functional impact of the disability
    • current treatment and medication – including any side effects
    • recommendations including suggested academic accommodations justified by the link to functional limitations in the academic environment

OR

Individual Educational Plans (IEPs), 504 Plans, or  documentation of past accommodations may be used to  determine appropriate accommodations only if they contain the complete information specific to the disability as required above.

IMPORTANT FORMS

Disability Services Application

Disability Verification Form

Standard Documentation Requirements