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College Catalog 2008-2010

Special Populations Services

Central Carolina Community College is in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act signed into law on July 26, 1990. In 1994, Central Carolina Community College established the Special Populations Office to facilitate the provisions of reasonable accommodations for all students with disabilities. This office coordinates services between the faculty and the special populations students. Our instructors and staff have experience working with students who have disabilities to help them obtain the education they need to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year institution.

Central Carolina Community College has a commitment to its students to help them succeed. Therefore, Central Carolina Community College has adapted the following policy to guide its delivery of services to students with disabilities:

"No otherwise qualified individual shall, by reason of disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any program or activity at Central Carolina Community College. The college will make program modifications in instructional delivery and provide supplemental services to enable students with disabilities to participate in activities compatible with their condition and interests."

To Receive Accommodations:

  1. Student completes standard admission application.
  2. Student must identify himself or herself to the Special Populations Office and request accommodations appropriate for his or her disability. (Please request packet from Special Populations Office.)
  3. Student may be referred to Special Populations Office by high school officials, community agencies, parents, Central Carolina Community College faculty or staff, or may self-refer. It is the responsibility of the student to request accommodations. Students requesting support services must register with the Special Populations Office at least thirty (30) days in advance to assure accommodations for the start of class.
  4. Student must provide documentation of the disability for which accommodations are requested. Documentation must be within the last three (3) years.
  5. Once documentation is received, the student and special populations coordinator will meet to determine necessary accommodations and complete a service contract.
  6. Student completes a Student Schedule Request at the beginning of each semester enrolled, giving the special populations coordinator permission to notify instructors of accommodations.
  7. Special populations coordinator sends Accommodations Request Form to the student's instructors each term outlining accommodations to which the student is entitled.

Documentation Requirements

It is illegal for an institution to inquire about disability prior to admission. In postsecondary education, it is the responsibility of the student to notify the Special Populations Office of the need for special accommodations. A student generally will not receive accommodations until documentation of the disability is on file in the Special Populations Office. As the law allows, a student undergoing evaluation or awaiting transmittal of documentation may also receive services and accommodations. Acceptable documentation of disability includes: medical report, physician's statement, psychological evaluation, psycho-education evaluation, records from Division of Services from the Blind, Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Vocational Rehabilitation. This list is not meant to be totally inclusive, but establishes the tone of accepted documentation.

Academic Standards

Students with disabilities are expected to meet the same level of academic standards as all other students. The purpose of an accommodation is to minimize the impact of the disability, not to "water down" a course or requirement. To do otherwise would decrease the credibility of the institution and would also be unfair to the student.

Available Services

  • Academic and career counseling services
  • Both individual and group tutoring sessions availablethrough Academic Assistance
  • Special equipment like FM systems
  • Special testing arrangements for specific courses
  • Sign-language interpreters
  • Special classroom seating
  • Registration assistance
  • Financial aid application assistance
  • Coordination of services with other agencies providing services for disabled persons, Vocational Rehabilitation, Services for the Blind, etc.
  • Use of computers with spell check, Zoomtext, and Jaws

This is a partial listing of available services. If an unlisted service is needed, please contact the coordinator in the Special Populations Office on the Lee County Campus.