Disability Resource Center and Access to College Instruction
The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota's procedure for the provision of reasonable academic accommodations was purposefully designed to ensure the inclusive and total access of individuals with a disability to credit and non-credit courses at the college while at the same time maintaining the integrity and quality of the college's academic programs.The procedures are dynamic and interactive in that they need to respond to the unique limitations of the individual with a disability and at the same time insure the highest academic standards and program integrity.
To registered DRC students, the Disability Resource Center (DRC) provides academic accommodations consisting of adaptive devices and equipment such as enlargers, tape recorders, Franklin Spellers, computers, etc., and/or auxiliary staff such as ASL interpreters, readers and volunteer note-takers. These aids are not arbitrarily provided but rather dependent on the nature of the student's disability and the nature or mode of the college activity.
The aids are selected for the purpose of overcoming functional limitations of the students with regards to accessing, processing, recording and / or retrieving information. For example, an ASL interpreter would provide a deaf individual with access to oral presentations (lectures). Similarly, a reader would provide a blind student with access to printed material. Mobility-impaired students may need a volunteer note-taker to record their class notes or equipment, such as a tape recorder. Academic accommodations that do not fundamentally alter the nature of the course or program of study are available to qualified students with documented disabilities.
1. Disability Documentation: All students requesting academic accommodations (credit or non-credit) must have written disability documentation on file in the DRC before any services can be recommended or provided. Essentially, appropriate documentation must contain two components: a diagnosis by a qualified professional and a statement regarding the impact of the disability on a major life function as denoted in the ADA/504 regulation. Please note the documentation of the disability needs to provide sufficient information on the student's functional limitations within the academic environment so that appropriate and effective academic accommodations can be recommended.
The student is responsible for the cost of obtaining documentation.
Resolving accommodation disputes: If a requested accommodation is denied by the DRC or if the department/instructor feels the recommended accommodation does impact an essential program or course element and the conference does not lead to a mutually satisfactory resolution the issue will be referred to the Reasonable Substitution/Modification Committee. The committee is comprised of both disability and subject area experts. The decision of the committee is final.
The college does not provide nor is it required to provide personal attendants or assistance with personal needs of the individual (personal care, feeding, medical needs, getting to class, etc.).