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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:

  • Testing Accommodations to include placement testing
  • Instructional accommodation plans
  • Consultation services for faculty and staff
  • Assistance with registration
  • Career counseling
  • Books in alternate format
  • Assistive Technology

See the Disabilities Support Services Handbook for additional information.

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 up to 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 documentation, when requested, 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:

  • Meet with the Disability Support Specialist in the Advising Center to identify that she/he has a disability;

  • Identify the need for accommodations;

  • If needed, provide documentation that supports the request for accommodations at least 30 days prior to the need for accommodations, 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.

Initiate Disability Support Services

To initiate Disability Support Services download and fill out the Intake Interview Form. (*Please note that the form requires the newest version of Adobe Reader.)

You may email the form to a professional counselor below or feel free to print it and bring it to your intake interview meeting.

To request a reservation to take a proctored test with Disability Support Services using your accommodations, please submit the Proctored Test Reservation Form.

For more information:

Heather Atkinson
Professional Counselor and Disability Support Specialist
Chester Campus, Moyar Hall, Room M107

Dr. Mark Miller
Professional Counselor and Disability Support Specialist

Midlothian Campus, T Building, Room T115



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