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Access & Accommodation Services for Students
Begin the process by making an appointment with the Access & Accommodation office. Appointments can be in person, by phone or by video chat (we will send you a secure video link).
Services and reasonable accommodations are provided to students who complete the Intake for Access & Accommodation Services and submit complete written documentation of the disability from an appropriate and qualified health professional (QHP). The documentation must be current, preferably within the last three years (the acceptable age of documentation is dependent upon the disabling condition, the current status of the student, and the student’s specific request for accommodation). The documentation should also be from someone with whom the student currently, or in the recent past, has a working relationship. The qualified health professional cannot be a relative of the student.
For the documentation of the disability to be accepted by the College, the following general requirements must be observed:
- Documentation must be printed on professional letterhead.
- The credentials and signature of the evaluator, medical professional, etc. must be stated.
- Documentation must include the minimum of a diagnosis and summary of current impact on the individual.
- Include any tests administered, with scores, and recommendations of areas where accommodations might be needed.
- A school plan such as a current individualized educational (IEP) plan or a 504 is typically insufficient documentation on its own.
Genesee Community College’s evaluation of the appropriateness of the documentation provided to support the accommodation requested will be based on a case by case determination of the essential components/technical standards of the program, service and activity.
For students with a learning disability
Appropriate documentation may include:
- Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-R) or Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-R) within three years. Include sub-test scores
- Current achievement test result
- Current psychological report within three years
- Most recent Triennial report
For students with other health impairments (physical or psychological disabilities)
Appropriate documentation should include some or all of the following:
- A doctor's report describing the disability and how this condition will affect the student's academic performance
- Diagnosis, prognosis, and medications
- DSM V-R Diagnosis
ACCES report (Adult Career and Continuing Education Services)
- Current psychological assessment, treatment summary or discharge summary
Requests for services/accommodations can be made anytime during the year. To ensure, however, that accommodations/services are in place at the beginning of the semester, it is strongly recommended that students call to make an appointment with Access Services personnel before the first day of classes at (585) 343-0055 x6351. Students will be required to bring the appropriate documentation and the completed Services Intake Form to the meeting. At this time the information will be reviewed and reasonable accommodations will be recommended. The college makes every effort to process requests for accommodations in a timely manner.
College students are a vital voting constituency. With so much to juggle while in college, perhaps you may not have thought about registering to vote. Students requiring assistance can visit the Access & Accommodation office and we will be glad to help you complete the voter registration form.
Continuation of Services
Once written documentation is on file and the academic adjustments are agreed upon, a general procedure is followed. Students access their accommodations notifications via their banner self-service. To add additional services, the student would need to meet with an Access Services staff member to discuss other accommodations.
Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education
According to the US Department of Education, “More and more high school students with disabilities are planning to continue their education in postsecondary schools, including vocational and career schools, two- and four- year colleges, and universities. As a student with a disability, you need to be well informed about your rights and responsibilities as well as the responsibilities postsecondary schools have toward you. Being well informed will help ensure you have a full opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the postsecondary education experience without confusion or delay.” For more information you can refer to the U.S. Department of Education's Website.