Keystone College’s Office of Disability Services (ODS) is the designated office that provides services to Keystone College students with disabilities. The Office reviews and maintains disability-related documents and uses an ADA committee to certify eligibility for services, determines academic accommodations, auxiliary aids and/or services, etc. as mandated under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 1990.
Students must self-disclose the presence of a specific disability and provide the appropriate documentation to receive accommodations and support services.
According to federal law, a person with a disability is any person who:
- has a physical or mental impairment;
- has a record of such impairment;
- is regarded as having such an impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities. Major life activities include, but are not limited to, self-care, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working.
1. Disclose and Document Your Disability
The extent of services is determined on a case-by-case basis, and Keystone College is under no obligation to provide accommodations unless students have provided the appropriate documentation.
It is up to each student to decide whether or not they want to disclose their disability. If you would like to receive accommodations, you must submit official documentation and a signed Authorization for Release of Information waiver, giving Disability Services permission to contact your instructors regarding appropriate accommodations.
Documentation is kept confidential and it does not become part of a student’s educational record.
The documentation must come from a licensed or credentialed professional qualified to diagnose the stated disability and it must include:
- A clear diagnostic statement that describes how the condition was diagnosed, provides information on the functional impact, and details the typical progression or prognosis of the condition.
- A description of the diagnostic criteria, evaluation methods, procedures, tests and dates of administration, as well as a clinical narrative, observation, and specific results.
- Information on how the condition currently impacts the individual and a description of any expected changes in the functional impact of the disability.
- A description of current and past accommodations, services and/or medications.
- Recommendations for accommodations, adaptive devices, assistive services, compensatory strategies, and/or collateral support services.
2. Request Accommodations
A student who has disclosed a disability and has provided appropriate documentation will:
- meet with the Coordinator of Disability Services at the beginning of each year and complete an Authorization for Release of Information waiver.
- The student will receive a purple Certification Card.
- The Coordinator of Disability Services will email each of the student’s instructors of the approved accommodations for that student
Reasonable accommodations are based on the student’s documentation. The important thing to remember is that having accommodations does not alter the requirements of the class. Students requesting accommodations are encouraged to contact the Coordinator of Disability Services.
College level classroom accommodations may differ from modifications that were available in high school. Accommodations may not alter an essential component of a course. Some common examples of accommodations that may be approved include:
- Extended time on tests or exams
- Testing in a separate room
- Note taking services
- Assistance in obtaining alternative format textbooks
- Advance copies of an instructor’s notes/outlines
Housing and Programming Accommodations
Keystone College strives to provide the best possible living environment for students with disabilities. When the appropriate documentation is presented and approved, students will be eligible to receive reasonable housing accommodations.
Residence Life provides a variety of programs and events in the residence halls throughout the year. The College requires that any program that is held in a residence hall, that is not exclusive to a specific floor or wing, be held in a common area of the building that is accessible. If the specific hall does not have such an area, then the program must be held in a location that would accommodate those persons with disabilities.
3. Advocacy and Support
Students with disabilities may face some unique challenges in college as well as challenges that are common to all students. We can help with tailoring study habits to particular classes, organizing a schedule, mapping out an academic plan, talking to professors/roommates, exploring career goals, or adjusting to college life.
All information regarding a student’s disability, including documentation, is considered by law to be confidential. The Coordinator of Disability Services cannot release such information to any College personnel outside of Disability Services unless the student gives their consent.
- Location: Counseling Center, 2nd Floor Hibbard Campus Center
Note: If a student suspects that they may have a disability they should schedule an appointment with the Coordinator of Disability Services to discuss options and resources that are available.