It is the policy of TSTC to adhere to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Federal law defines a disability as an individual with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual; has a record of such an impairment; or is being regarded as having such an impairment. (definition as amended by the ADA Act of 2008)
Services for Qualified Students with Disabilities
Reasonable accommodations are provided on a case by case basis to qualified students. Accommodations may include, but are not limited to:
If You Are s Student With a Disability
Support Services has outlined a process for students seeking accommodations. The student is responsible for meeting the following guidelines:
First Phase, Student Must:
Second Phase, Student must:
Third Phase,Student must:
Accommodations do not transfer from semester to semester. Student is responsible for requesting accommodations in a timely manner prior to each semester enrolled. Student may be required to provide updated supportive documentation, if student has not received services for more than two semesters consecutively. Questions and concerns regarding an instructor's implementation of accommodations, should be directed to the Disability Accommodation Specialist immediately.
Students are responsible for submitting to Support Services supportive documentation of their disability.
In order to fully evaluate requests for accommodations or auxiliary aids and to determine eligibility for services, the Support Services Office needs documentation of your disability. The documentation you provide should include an evaluation by an appropriate professional that makes evident the current impact of the disability as it relates to the accommodation(s) requested and include a description of any and all functional limitations. Those accommodations coordinated by Support Services are provided so that students have equal access to activities and programs at TSTC. Professionals conducting assessments and rendering diagnoses must be qualified to do so. Such documentation should be on letterhead and contain the professional's signature and license number. Documentation must be current.
The general guidelines listed below are developed to assist you in working with your treating/diagnosing professional(s) to prepare the information needed to evaluate your request(s). If, after reading these guidelines and reviewing disability specific information provided below, you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 956-364-4520.
Documentation should include the following information:
A diagnostic statement identifying the disability When appropriate, include International Classification of Diseases (ICD) or Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) codes, the date of the most recent evaluation, or the dates of evaluations performed by referring professionals. If the most recent evaluation was not a full evaluation, indicate when the last full evaluation was conducted.
Support Services also provides awareness and sensitivity training for faculty and staff regarding gender equity and disability-related issues.
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