DISABILITY SERVICES

iStock_000073398197_disability servicesThe responsibility of Disability Services is to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to educational opportunities at South Piedmont Community College.  Our counselors are the official contact for students with disabilities who request services and/or accommodations to participate in college programs and services.  Counselors serve as advocates for these individuals and ensure that qualified students have physical and programmatic access to all college programs and services.

Student Rights

  1. You have the right to confidentiality.
  2. You have the right to equal access to programs, classes and facilities.
  3. You have the right to have reasonable accommodations provided.
  4. You have the same rights granted to every student at South Piedmont Community College.

Student Responsibilities

  1. You must disclose your disability in order to receive services.
  2. You must complete an application for services as well as provide up-to-date documentation of your disability from a qualified provider.
  3. You must request specific accommodations.
  4. You must meet with the counselor when appointments are scheduled.
  5. You must pick up, complete, and return any Disability Services paperwork at the beginning of each term to activate services during each semester.
  6. You must comply with all policies, codes and regulations of South Piedmont Community College.

How to Contact Us
Email: counselors@spcc.edu
Call: 704-290-5844, 704-290-5846 (Old Charlotte Highway Campus)
704-272-5345 (L. L. Polk Campus)

Links
Application for Accommodations
Information Release Consent Form
Differences between High School and College Disability Services
Documentation Guidelines for Disability Services

How do I get Accommodations?

  • Your first step is to identify yourself to the Disability Services Office as a student with a disability and request specific accommodations. “Accommodations” include a range of services, equipment and modifications designed to allow you equal access to the college. They vary according to the disability, and include such things as using a tape recorder in class, having extended time on test, papers or projects, and making classrooms wheelchair accessible.
  • Your next step is to obtain documentation of your disability and provide this documentation to the Disability Services Office. A Disability Services Guideline Form is available to help students in obtaining appropriate documentation. Acceptable documentation of disability includes medical reports; psychological evaluations; psycho-educational evaluations; records from Division of Services for the Blind, Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Vocational Rehabilitation; and in some cases, a physician’s statement. While this list is not totally inclusive, it should serve to set the parameters for accepted documentation. The Accommodations Checklist is developed based on your documentation and your discussion with the counselor for Disability Services.
  • These first steps should be taken AT LEAST THREE WEEKS prior to registration. Testing accommodations for the Placement Test are available by appointment, provided you have submitted the documentation to substantiate your accommodations request prior to testing. Therefore, it is extremely important to make contact with the Disability Services Office as soon as you have decided to become a South Piedmont Community College student.
  • Remember that before you can register for classes, you must also apply to the college for admission, provide transcripts, take the College Placement Test, attend orientation, and apply for financial aid, if needed. Financial aid takes at least 6 weeks to process. Refer to Financial Aid link to Future Students>Financial Aid page for information.

Accommodation examples:

  • Adaptive equipment: such as tape recorders and a closed-circuit viewer to magnify printed materials are available on loan from the Disability Services Office
  • Sign language: interpreters for hearing impaired students can be provided in the classroom and at any event held on campus. Generally, a minimum two-week notice is required to ensure availability of an interpreter.
  • Testing: Test proctoring must be scheduled with the testing center. The Disability Services Office proctors only those tests which cannot be scheduled with the testing center.
  • Other typical accommodations: Extended time for testing; use of a tape recorder, spell checker or calculator; reader or note taking services.