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Disabilities Program

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:

•    extended test time
•    alternate testing sites
•    scribes
•    interpreters
•    notetakers
•    tape recording of lectures
•    short breaks

TSTC Support Services has assistive/adaptive equipment available to students with disabilities or impairments. They are located in the Support Service Office and the Learning Resource Center. This may include, but are not limited to:

•    Extreme Reader
•    Zoom Text
•    Lookey
•    JAWS
•    CCTV
•    TTY
•    Sorenson Videophone
•    Hearing Device
•    Accessible tables and chairs

TSTC and Support Services assumes no responsibility for personal attendants necessary for independent living nor specialized medical care.
Support Services serves as a liaison with instructors, staff, and appropriate federal and state agencies to ensure that reasonable accommodations are provided.
Students are encouraged to contact Support Services in a timely manner for each semester they will be requiring accommodations to allow sufficient time for coordinating reasonable accommodation requests.

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:

  1. Self disclose their disability and needed accomodations with Support Services if student requires equal access to a program, classroom, or activity.
  2. Schedule an appointment to meet with the Disability Accommodation Specialist to discuss request for reasonable accommodations and supportive documentation needed to be submitted by the student. An appointment can be scheduled by calling 956.364.4520/voice; 956.364.4526/TDD; or by visiting the Support Services Office located in the Student Services Bldg EK room 216.
  3. The Disability Accommodation Specialist will review the supportive documentation submitted. Student will need to follow up with Support Services Office within two(2) business days of submission of documentation to inquire if request has been approved or if additional information is needed.

Second Phase, Student must:

  1. Provide Support Services with a copy of his/her Registration Statement.
  2. Obtain a "Course Accommodations" form for each class for which an accommodation is needed.

Third Phase,Student must:

  1. Meet individually with each instructor to discuss the accommodations approved by the Support Services Office and obtain signature for the Course Accommodation Form.
  2. Return the appropriate signed copy to the Support Services Office. Student will also keep a copy for their records. 
  3. Inform the Support Services Office of any concerns or changes needed regarding the approved accommodations.

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.

Documentation Guidelines

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:

  1. Current functional impact of the condition(s) The current relevant functional impacts on physical (mobility, dexterity, endurance, etc.), perceptual, cognitive (attention, distractibility, communication, etc), and behavioral abilities should be described as a clinical narrative and/or through the provision of specific results from the diagnostic procedures/assessment.
  2. Treatments, medications, accommodations/auxiliary aids, services currently prescribed or in use. Provide a description of treatments, medications, accommodations/auxiliary aids and/or services currently in use and their estimated effectiveness in minimizing the impact of the condition(s). Include any significant side effects that may impact physical, perceptual, behavioral or cognitive performance. If you feel that any additional accommodations/auxiliary aids are warranted, please list them along with a clear rationale and related functional limitations. Any accommodations/auxiliary aids will be taken into consideration, but not automatically implemented.
  3. The expected progression or stability of disability over time If possible, provide a description of the expected change in the functional impact of the condition(s) over time. If the condition is variable, describe the known triggers that may exacerbate the condition.

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.

Additional Information

Support Services also provides awareness and sensitivity training for faculty and staff regarding gender equity and disability-related issues.

Reasonable accommodations are provided for students with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Supportive documentation is requested to individually determine reasonable and effective accommodations to access TSTC’s programs and activities.

For more information regarding any of the services available through the Support Services Office, please call or stop by the office located in the Student Services Center (EK) Room 216.

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