Office of Accessibility
Accommodations are available to all currently enrolled students who have a documented disability that substantially limits them in one or more of life's major activities.Link to this FAQ
All accommodation requests require information from the student's provider. Supporting documentation must be current, comprehensive, professional documentation that consists of a diagnosis of the limiting disability. Documentation should include an evaluation by an appropriate professional describing the current impact of the disability, the diagnosing professional's recommendations for management of the limitations of the disability, and how these recommendations relate to the accommodation(s) requested.Link to this FAQ
The information in an IEP, 504 Plan or Transition Plan may be appropriate documentation. A student may also wish to include a psycho-educational evaluation report/neuropsychological evaluation as supportive documentation. Please note: A student must request this information separately from their request for high school transcripts. The documentation should be sent to Champlain College's Office of Accessibility.Link to this FAQ
For students transferring from another college or university, information related to their disability must be requested separately from a request for transcripts. A Student must request that documentation regarding their disability be sent directly from their current college or university's disability services to Champlain's Office of Accessibility. If you have any questions please contact Champlain College's Office of Accessibility.Link to this FAQ
If you have a temporary condition or disability and require temporary accommodations, contact the Office of Accessibility and speak with the Associate Director about your needs. The Office of Accessibility will request current, comprehensive, professional documentation of your temporary condition or disability and may ask to meet for further discussion of your needs.Link to this FAQ
Yes. It is the student's responsibility to request that their Accommodations be sent to their instructors every semester. This allows the student to self select if they would like to use accommodations in each course. Some students find that there are certain courses that are already accessible and therefore they do not need their letter of accommodation sent to that professor. It is the student's responsibility to confirm that their letter of accommodation has been received and to discuss the accommodations requested with each instructor.Link to this FAQ
Services may include, but are not limited to the following:
Students with disabilities who wish to request appropriate and reasonable accommodations should complete the appropriate Accommodations Request Form to begin the process of establishing eligibility for accommodations. It is the student's responsibility to provide current documentation to the Office of Accessibility that establishes a disability. If a student does not have documentation please contact the Office of Accessibility to discuss your options and do not allow this to delay your request for accommodations.Link to this FAQ
The ADA stands for The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and is a federal civil rights law designed to provide equal opportunity for people with disabilities. The ADA ensures equal access and opportunity and also protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination. The ADAAA stands for The American with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, and broadens the scope of the ADA in some instances. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education.Link to this FAQ
In post secondary education the ADA, the ADAAA and Section 504 ensures that a student with a disability, who is qualified for admission, will have the same access to programs, services and activities as all other students.Link to this FAQ
In college, success is up to the student and the responsibilities of the student and the college are different at the postsecondary level compared to the primary and secondary levels. Here are some key points:
It is your responsibility to identify yourself to the Office of Accessibility and to provide professional documentation of the disability in order to qualify for academic accommodations. Accommodations can be provided only after these conditions are met. In general, the less obvious the disability, the more information is needed.
It is also your responsibility to contact instructors each term to present the accommodation letter which identifies the necessary accommodations for your classes. Prior to each term, contact The Office of Accessibility to set up an appointment to meet with the OA staff. OA staff will go over your classes with you and provide a letter of accommodation for each class where accommodations are appropriate.
Students with disabilities take the same responsibility for their education as non-disabled students. This includes maintaining the same academic levels and meeting comparable standards of appropriate behavior.Link to this FAQ
Yes, but you must contact the Office of Accessibility as soon as possible and supply the proper documentation of your disability. There may be some delay in providing full accommodations.Link to this FAQ
No. Legally, accommodations must be determined on a case-by-case basis. Some students with disabilities will not need accommodations. The Office of Accessibility must determine the accommodations based on documented individual needs.Link to this FAQ
Specific accommodations are determined during a meeting with the Office of Accessibility. Students should request general accommodations as early as the first to second week of classes. Every effort will be made to provide accommodations in a timely manner, but last-minute requests may not be feasible. Students will use the accommodation letter to take the initial step to meet with their instructors at the beginning of each semester to discuss academic accommodations.
Students with more specialized accommodations, such as the need for a sign language interpreter or transcription services, should request their accommodations at least 6 weeks prior to the semester starting.Link to this FAQ
Champlain College has many academic resources available to support all students. It is up to the student to take responsibility to access the available resources. One resource is Champlain's SMART Space, which provides free academic coaching and tutoring services to Champlain students.Link to this FAQ
Champlain College may not, by law (FERPA), contact parents about a student's academic performance, unless the student gives the College permission to do so. Champlain encourages parents and guardians wishing to know how their student is doing to ask their student directly. We appreciate and value communication that is student initiated and student directed. Academic Records & Registration has more information on FERPA at Champlain College.Link to this FAQ
In college, a student with a disability, who is qualified for admission, will have the same access to programs, services and activities as all other students. Champlain will make appropriate and reasonable accommodations unless doing so would fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program or activity, or if it poses an undue administrative or financial burden. Often, the reason certain accommodation requests are not granted is that they go beyond the scope of this objective.Link to this FAQ
Accommodations may vary from college to college. Students transferring from one postsecondary institution to another may experience differences in the types of accommodations offered. Any student with questions should contact Champlain's Office of Accessibility.Link to this FAQ
The Office of Accessibility is available to provide further resources and information upon request.Link to this FAQ
The Student Accessibility Handbook is your tool for understanding all the resources available to you on campus, how to request services and the policies that govern accommodations.
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