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Overview

Columbus State Community College offers a wide range of support services to encourage the enrollment of people with disabilities. Through the Disability Services Department, support services are made available to qualified students with a disability.

Services we provide

  • Student Advocacy
  • Testing Accommodations (scribe, audio, extended time, adjustable height desks etc.)
  • Assistive Technology
  • Alternate Media (E-text, Braille, Large print)
  • Sign Language Interpreting
  • Captioning Services
  • Note-Taking Accommodations
  • Resources on Disability Issues
  • Other Services based on need

The services you are approved for are dependent on your individual needs and your disability. To learn what accommodations you can be approved for, please Register with Disability Services.

Students

For further information about our services and policies please check out our Student Handbook.

Instructors

To learn more about how to support DS students and your responsibilities as an instructor check out our Instructor Handbook.

Universal Design, Making Classroom and Online Materials Accessible to All - Tip Sheet

This tip sheet is intended to distribute information regarding accessible classroom and online materials to instructors and departments. Our goal is to further educate CSCC on the importance of Universal Design. Being proactive, rather than reactive, and incorporating Universal Design during the creation process of classroom and online materials is more time and cost efficient. In doing so, students that receive accommodations through Disability Services will receive accessible classroom and online content at the same time as their peers.

Fast Facts for Instructors

Frequently Asked Questions .docx .pdf
Invisible Disabilities .docx .pdf
Medical Mobility Impairments .docx .pdf
Rights & Responsibilities .docx .pdf
Sign Language Interpreting .docx .pdf
Syllabus Disability Statement .docx .pdf
Universal Design .docx .pdf

Disability Services Instructor Training Module

Chances are you will encounter a student with a documented disability who will seek accommodations. Our Disability Services Training Module will review some of the requirements for supporting students with disabilities and how you can partner with the Disability Services office to help students receive appropriate support.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can students have a Service, Therapy or Comfort animal with them on campus?

Answer: Columbus State Community College complies with the ADAAA and Section 504 regarding the use of a Service Animal on campus. Comfort and Emotional Support animals are not necessarily covered by these laws. Questions and clarifications about Service and Support Animals should be directed to a Disability Services Advocate.  For further information about this topic, check out the the ADA's official website at http://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm.

2. Can students registered with Disability services use class notes during an exam as part of their accommodation plan? Can extended homework deadlines be part of my accommodations?

Answer:  Columbus State Community College is legally obligated to provide all students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of course material. This means it is unlikely that the use of notes during exams and extended homework deadlines are reasonable accommodations. Questions and clarifications about reasonable academic accommodations should be directed to a Disability Services Advocate

3.  What if I would like someone else to know that I am registered with Disability Services, as well what my academic accommodations are?

Answer:  With your written permission, Disability Services can share limited information regarding your accommodations with specific individuals you choose. Upon request, you may provide the name and contact information of the individual(s) via our Release of Information (ROI) form. This form tells us that we have your permission to share information about your accommodations with the designated person.

4. Does the Release of Information (ROI) form permit other individuals to make appointments for me, to make arrangements with my instructors, or to act on my behalf?

Answer:  The ROI does not allow others to act on your behalf. This means that you, as the student, are still responsible for making any testing or advocacy appointments, and communicating with your instructors about utilizing your accommodations.  The type of information that can be shared with individuals on the release form includes the accommodations which are listed on your plan, how to arrange these accommodations, and what steps need to be taken if an unexpected accommodation-related issue arises.