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Disability Services

The Disability Services Office will provide you with the services you require to ensure that your experience at South Piedmont Community College is beneficial and enjoyable. This page will serve as a guide to your rights, responsibilities, and procedures for obtaining and using the services of the Disability Services Office at SPCC.

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 to receive services.
  2. You must provide up-to-date documentation of your disability from a qualified that shows your current level of functioning. (See Disability Services Documentation Guidelines) link to provided PDF
  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 DSO paperwork at the beginning of each term to activate services during each semester.
    You must comply with all policies, codes and regulations of South Piedmont Community College.

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.

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