Welcome to the Special Resources Office at York Technical College. The Office is dual-purposed, providing: Disability Services and Special Needs Scholarships. The purpose of the Special Resources Office (SRO) is to provide accessible, relevant, and high quality services to students with disabilities and special needs. The SRO provides opportunities for individuals with diverse backgrounds and ability levels to acquire or upgrade the knowledge and skills offered through York Technical College programs. Students with disabilities are served in accordance to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Phone: 803-327-8007 or 800-922-8324 ext. 8007 firstname.lastname@example.org
The SRO coordinates services and accommodations for students with documented disabilities. These services provide equal educational opportunities to students by minimizing the impact of functional limitations on academic pursuits. Students seeking services and accommodations must:
An "information packet" of intake materials is available in the SRO. After review of documentation and an intake interview with the student, reasonable academic adjustments (accommodations) are determined. Adjustments will be flexible, meeting the needs of various disabilities, and are consistent with the documentation provided, without fundamentally altering the academic standards of the course/program. Requests for adjustments should be made in a timely manner (preferably with a two-week notice) dependent upon the nature of the request.
LEAP (Learning Enhanced Achievement Program) is devoted specifically to students with "hidden" disabilities, such as learning disabilities and psychiatric/psychological disorders. Contact: Linda Emerson, 803-325-2894.
SRO Student Guidelines
SRO Instructor Guidelines
Authorization to Administer the Test with Accommodations
Differences between High School and College
Two laws mandate that Colleges provide equal access to students with disabilities: (1) the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and (2) the Americans with Disability Act. The following is a synopsis of both laws as they affect College.
A "disability" with respect to students is:
Individuals with disabilities may include persons who have: mobility, sensory or speech impairments; cosmetic disfigurements, mental illness, mental retardation, or learning disabilities. Individuals with disabilities may also include persons who have neurological, psychological, or physical disabilities.
Documentation of disability is required and must be certified by a licensed professional ( i.e., doctor, psychiatrist, licensed psychologist, etc.).
QUALIFIED INDIVIDUAL WITH A DISABILITY
With respect to educational opportunities: a person with a disability who meets the academic and technical standards required for admission or participation in an education program or activity.
With respect to public adult educational services: a person with a disability can be of any age during which non-disabled individuals are provided such services.
With respect to other services: a person is "otherwise qualified": if qualified for receipt of educational opportunities, public adult education, or other services because he/she meets the academic/technical standards, essential eligibility requirements and the other fundamental selection criteria.
WHAT IS REASONABLE---WHAT IS NOT REASONABLE
Reasonable accommodation does not negate requirements for successful completion of a program, course, service and/or activity, adherence to generally acceptable standards of behavior and a college's general and academic student rights and responsibilities, and adherence to administrative and faculty/staff directions and instructions. In determining the college's ability to offer reasonable accommodation to an otherwise qualified student with a disability, each request for an accommodation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the DSO staff. Factors to be examined include, among others:
An otherwise qualified student who requires attendant care services must arrange to provide for his/her own attendant care service. The college does not assume coordination or financial responsibilities for attendant care services. The college is not required to offer or provide an accommodation to admit or to continue to admit an individual with a disability to any particular program, course, service, and/or activity or to provide educational opportunities and other services when:
Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary defines accessible as "capable of being reached." Services for Students with Disability (SSWD) Offices exist on post secondary campuses for that reason - to ensure equal access to programs and activities. The goal and the effort must come from the student. The campus DSO provides support.
Documentation can come from a variety of sources. Some common sources are:
It depends on the disability. Ask the DSO for documentation criteria for your specific disability.
Prepare student to meet the variety of challenges at the post secondary level such as:
Secondary to Post secondary Education Transition Planning for Students with Learning Disabilities. A technical report prepared by the National Joint committee on Learning Disabilities, Jan. 1994, published in LDA Newsbriefs, March/April 1994. Gregory, M., Graham, J., Hughes, C., (Spring 1995). Preparing Students With Learning Disabilities for Success in Post secondary Education, TransitionLinc. Virginia Department of Education. (June 1993) . A College Selection Guidebook for Students with Disabilities, Their Parents, and High School Staff; Western Carolina University. (1989). The Postsecondary Learning Disabilities Primer, Learning Disabilities Training Project. Wren, C., Adelman, P., Pike, M.B., and Wilson, J.L. (1987) . College and the High School Student with Learning Disabilities: The Student's Perspective. Chicago, DePaul University.