FAQs for Disability Services

Who is eligible for Disability Services?

Any student who has a disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities is eligible to receive services. At Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College, the life activities most likely limited would be those involved with learning.

What is documentation of a disability?

Documentation is the paperwork that proves that you have a disability. Your disability is diagnosed by a professional qualified to make the diagnosis. For example, a family physician is qualified to diagnose a person s back injury, but most likely is not qualified to diagnose a learning disability.

How current does the documentation need to be?

Documentation should be recent for the disability. For example, if you have been deaf since birth, the college does not need you to visit an audiologist to prove that you are still deaf. However, if you have a bi-polar disorder, experience frequent medication changes, and have been hospitalized in the last year, up-to-date documentation of the impact of your disability is needed.

Why can t my IEP from high school be used as documentation?

Your high school IEP can be used as part of the disability documentation. However, most IEPs do not list the disability or the limitations it causes. The IEP might state how you received instruction, but might not yield useable information on how to access a college course that is not specially designed for you.

Why can t my 504 Plan from my high school be used as documentation?

Your 504 Plan can be used as part of the disability documentation. However, most 504 Plans do not list the disability or the limitations it causes. The 504 Plan might state how you received instruction, but might not yield useable information on how to access a college course that is not specially designed for you.

What are accommodations?

Accommodations are the name typically used for academic adjustments and auxiliary aids. Accommodations are the actions that the college takes to give students with disabilities the ability to participate in courses or college activities. Examples of accommodations that students with disabilities have used in the past are extended time on written tests, extended time to complete some assignments, testing in a distraction-reduced environment, and preferential seating in classes.

How do I receive accommodations?

To arrange accommodations make an appointment with Disability Services by calling (270) 901-1202 or e-mail. Bring your disability documentation to the appointment if the documentation has not already been sent. Accommodations are not retroactive. That is, accommodations start from the date when the accommodations are delivered to your instructors. If you do not meet with a Disability Service Provider until mid-semester, all actions and grades that you have taken up to the time that accommodations are requested and recommended will not change.

Why can t I just ask my instuctors for accommodations?

There are policies and procedures in place to provide access for students with disabilities and a department or person who is charged with these tasks. This protects the rights of the students, faculty, and college. Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College s procedure of having accommodations recommended by Disability Services assures that the student truly does have a disability and the accommodations are needed for that student to gain access to college courses or activities. Additionally, these policies and procedures help ensure that the college is providing consistent access. They also create proof that accommodations were requested and recommended or denied and the reason. Finally, they help ensure confidentiality your disability documentation.

What do I do if the instructor won t cooperate with accommodations?

Contact Disability Services immediately!

What if an accommodation is not working?

Contact Disability Services immediately! It is up to you to let Disability Services know when an accommodation is not effective as soon as you are aware that the accommodation is not working as planned. Accommodations do not guarantee success in a course, just access.

What is the difference between Disability Services and Vocational Rehabilitation?

Disability Services and any state Vocational Rehabilitation Services have different missions. The primary mission of Disability Services is to provide students with disabilities access to college courses and programs. The primary mission of Vocational Rehabilitation is to get persons with disabilities employed. One way that Vocational Rehabilitation achieves its mission is to suggest training at college for their consumers. Disability Services and Vocational Rehabilitation cooperate and often share information, but are separate entities.