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Disability Services

Accommodations and support for students with disabilities are provided Disability Services at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. A counselor is available to meet with students, faculty, and staff to discuss, assess, recommend, and assist in implementing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities.

 

Providing Access

Through Disability Services, students are provided access to programs, services, and activities. A counselor provides academic and personal support, advocacy, assistance with adaptive equipment, notetaking assistance, and testing accommodations. In addition, a counselor works in collaboration with campus personnel, community resources, and vocational rehabilitation programs to promote student success. Services are provided upon request and are dependent on the assessed needs of the student. It is the responsibility of students with disabilities to make their accommodation requests prior to the start of each semester of attendance.

Reasonable accommodations depend upon the nature and degree of severity of the documented disability. While the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 requires that priority consideration be given to the specific methods requested by the student, it does not imply that a particular accommodation must be granted if it is deemed not reasonable and other suitable techniques are available.

 

It’s Our Policy

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is committed to meeting the specific needs of students with disabilities and fully complies with the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Section 504 and the ADA mandate equal access for physically and learning disabled persons in educational programs.

A person with a disability is ensured the same access as all other students to programs, opportunities, and activities at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Achieving full participation and integration of people with disabilities is a cooperative effort of all campus departments and personnel. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College continues to strive to achieve excellence in its services and to assure that services are delivered equitably and efficiently to all people.

 

43Guide to Services

A Guide to Services handbook is available to all students, employees, and visitors to the campus. The guide is designed to assist faculty, staff, students, and other visitors with the policy and procedures for accessing services and accommodations for students with disabilities.

Please contact Disability Services to request a Guide to Services handbook.

To receive more information about Disability Services or to request accommodations, contact:

Counseling Department
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720
218-879-0715
1-800-657-3712

MN Relay 800-627-3529
e-mail:

 

Certifying Eligibility for Services

To be eligible for disability-related services, students must have a documented disability condition as defined by the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under the ADA and Section 504, a person has a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities: walking, standing, seeing, speaking, hearing, sitting, breathing, taking care of oneself.

At Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Disability Services is designated to obtain and file disability-related documents, certify eligibility for services, determine reasonable accommodations, and develop plans for the provision of such accommodations for faculty, staff, students, and guests with disabilities.

Other forms of appropriate documentation consist of an evaluation by an appropriate professional that relates the current impact of the condition to the request.

 

Determining Reasonable Accommodations

A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, job, activity or facility that enables a qualified student with a disability to have an equal opportunity. Reasonable accommodations are provided to ensure access to all college courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities, including those that are off-site, such as field trips, internships, and fieldwork. An equal opportunity means an opportunity to obtain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to a similarly situated student without a disability. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is obligated to make a reasonable accommodation only to the known limitations of an otherwise qualified disabled student. To determine reasonable accommodations, a counselor may seek information from appropriate campus personnel regarding essential standards for courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities. Final determination of reasonable accommodations is made by Disability Services.

 

Procedure for Obtaining Academic Accommodations

To request disability related accommodations, students are asked to do the following:

  1. Students who require accommodations must seek assistance at Disability Services in a timely manner; preferably prior to the start of each semester of attendance.
  2. Students must provide documentation of their disability, including: the current impact of the condition; how it limits participation in courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities; treatment of the condition; and expected duration of the condition.
  3. Disability Services will file official documentation of the disability, including information about the manifestations of the disability.
  4. Disability Services will ensure that disability-related documents are kept confidential and shared on a limited and need-to-know basis only.
  5. Disability Services and the student will discuss the interaction between the disability and the academic environment, and then determine reasonable accommodations.
  6. Disability Services will outline the process for the provision of reasonable accommodations and will present this both verbally and in writing to the student.
  7. Disability Services will complete the Accommodations Memo and forward a copy to each faculty member certifying that the student has a disability and stating the determined reasonable accommodations.
  8. Students are responsible for contacting Disability Services if reasonable accommodations are not implemented in an effective or timely way.
  9. Students with disabilities who believe they have been discriminated against on the basis of their disability may file a grievance with the Chief Student Affairs Officer.