Disabilities Support Services
John Tyler Community College has an institutional commitment to serving students with disabilities and to assisting those students in pursuit of their education beyond high school.
To support this commitment:
- The College has designated a counselor as a disabilities support services specialist at each campus.
- The College’s campuses and physical environment are fully accessible.
Support services available
- Accommodations on placement testing
- Instructional accommodation plans
- Consultation services for faculty and staff
- Assistance with registration
- Career counseling
- Referrals to resource agencies
Instructional support services as required
- Books on tape or CD
- Testing accommodations
- Approval to tape lectures
- Computer labs
Differences between high school and college
As students make the transition from high school to college, it is important to recognize the significant differences between the two education levels.
By law, public high schools guarantee all students an education until age 21. Schools are required to screen and evaluate students who may have a disability. An Individual Education Plan (IEP) must be developed for any student identified as having a disability, and schools must provide appropriate fundamental services and accommodations to meet that student’s needs.
While they are not guaranteed an education at a college, students cannot be discriminated against. Colleges are not obligated to screen or evaluate students for possible disabilities. Students are responsible for providing current documentation to the College’s disability support specialists, and colleges must provide “reasonable accommodations” to students with disabilities.
Taking a lead role
Self-advocacy is key for any student entering college. Students are encouraged to articulate their needs. Doing so will help students gain confidence, assist them in taking responsibility for their college choices, and help them realistically plan for their futures. Family members can help with the transition by offering support and encouragement.
The student’s obligations
A student with a disability has an obligation to:
- Identify that she/he has a disability;
- Identify the need for accommodations;
- Provide current documentation of the disability; and
- Utilize support services and accommodations in college.
The College’s obligation
Under Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the College has an obligation to provide reasonable accommodations in order to afford the student an equal opportunity to participate in the college’s programs, courses and activities.
For more information:
Sandra Kirkland, M.Ed., LPC
Professional Counselor and Disability Support Specialist
Chester Campus, Moyar Hall, Room M107
Dr. Ruth Varney
Director of Counseling, Midlothian
Midlothian Campus, Administration Building, Room B116