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Disability Support Services at UTTC
By Jamie L. Hall, Disability Services Coordinator
20 June 2008

      The Disability Support Services (DSS) mission is to serve UTTC students who have a documented disability. The services are provided in a culturally appropriate manner. The DSS office ensures that students with disabilities have equal access and opportunity to participate in all academic programs, campus services and activities. The accommodations provided are meant to level the playing field for students with disabilities. They are not meant to give students with disabilities an unfair advantage over non-disabled peers.

Jamie L. Hall
Jamie L. Hall

Laws Impacting Post-Secondary Education
      Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
      Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990

DSS Functions Are To:
  • Provide appropriate and reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities
  • Promote equal access and opportunity with all UTTC administrators, faculty, staff, and students
  • Serve as a resource for faculty and staff on issues regarding disabilities
  • Refer eligible students with disabilities to Academic Student Support Services and/or Counselors
  • Encourage self-advocacy for students with disabilities to increase their independence and level of self-sufficiency
  • Make referrals to outside agencies when appropriate

Eligibility Requirements
      To be eligible for services an individual must have a physical or mental impairment; the impairment must constitute, or result in, a substantial impediment to the individual’s daily life activities. The individual must be reasonably expected to benefit, in terms of achieving their educational goals.

      A student who thinks he/she has a disability that is causing barriers to their course work must self-disclose his/her disability to the DSS office. After self-disclosing, students will need to follow this process:

  • Pick up an application for services
  • Participate in initial intake interview
  • Provide documentation of the disability
  • Fill out forms to obtain disability information, if cannot provide disability documentation

      Once the initial intake interview is completed and records about your reported disability are received, then the eligibility determination begins. When you are determined eligible or ineligible, you will receive a letter/certificate informing you of your status with DSS.

      An appointment will be made for the development of a plan that will describe services/accommodations needed to successfully achieve your educational goals at UTTC. Once you have achieved your goals you will be exited from DSS.

Access to Accommodations
      Examples of accommodations may include a note-taker services, taped texts, reading of tests, scribes, extended time for tests, enlarging of printed texts, taking tests in a distraction free environment, and removal of physical barriers. To arrange for accommodations you must act in a timely manner through the DSS Office.

Examples of Disabilities/Impairments
  • Blindness or Eye Disorders
  • Amputations
  • Hearing Problems/Deafness
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Head Injuries-TBI
  • Mental Illness-Depression
  • Seizure disorder
  • Learning Disabilities: Reading, writing, and Math; Dyslexia
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Developmental Disabilities: Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Medical Impairments: Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Asthma
NOTE: Documentation should be from an appropriate credentialed professional. Documentation is usually considered current if it is within the past three years.

Acceptable documentation
      This should include your most recent psychological evaluation, IEP (if applicable), or medical report from a physician that clearly states a diagnosis and makes suggestions for appropriate accommodations.

Related Services
      DSS office works closely with the Academic Student Support Services Center and with Counseling Services, Center for Student Success, Chemical Health Center, and Student Support Services counselor. The DSS office will not be staffed on a full-time basis over the summer.

      For more information please contact me, Jamie L. Hall, Disability Services Coordinator, Skill Center, # 108, 701-255-3285 x 1465, jhall@uttc.edu.

Jamie L. Hall (Three Affiliated) earned a Masters Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University. She is currently working on a Doctorate in Philosophy in Human Services with a specialization in counseling studies from Capella University. – Editor


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