Special Populations


Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) serves as a catalyst for individual, community, and economic development by empowerment through accessible lifelong learning. We are committed to learning by supporting and assisting student in achieving their educational goals. The Special Populations Office partners with other departments in order to ensure access to education and services offered to all students.

Our institution ensures access to higher education by offering clear pathways to academic success and transformative opportunity for the diverse populations we serve. CCCC complies with The American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act. For more information on these laws go to the Department of Justice's Guide to Disability Rights Laws.

The Office of Special Populations works to establish educational accommodations for student who qualify for services. The Coordinator meets with the student to review their needs and, when deemed reasonable, creates an accommodation plan that is shared with faculty and staff as requested by the student.

Key Terms to Understanding ADA

  • Major Life Activity: any function, including but not limited to caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing and learning.
  • Substantial limitation: a person's inability to perform or be significantly limited in the ability to perform a major life activity compared to an average person in the general population.

To assist the differently-abled, our Special Populations Office works to establish educational accommodations.

How to Qualify for Accommodations

  • You must have a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities or you must be a person who has a history of, or who is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one of more major life activities.
  • You must identify with our Special Populations Office.
  • You must provide medical documentation justifying your accommodation request.

The accommodation request must not compromise the essential requirement of the program being pursued. And the accommodation can be refused if it imposes an unreasonable financial or administrative burden on the institution. Every request is processed in a unique way that specifically addresses the sole needs of the individual student.

Accommodations are modifications or adjustments that allow students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from educational programs. Appropriate accommodations are provided on an individual, case-by-case basis. All requests for accommodations on the basis of disability or medical conditions should be referred to the Office of Special Populations. Such accommodations include:

  • Adapting a classroom for a student who uses a wheelchair with adjustable height tables or other appropriate equipment
  • Testing accommodations such as extending time on tests, distraction-reduced environment, and, alternative formats to meet specific needs
  • Providing for the use of assistive technology such as read aloud, text enlarger, or dictation software
  • Providing for the use of auxiliary aids such as sign language interpreters, tape recorders, note takers, scribes, readers, or books on tape
  • Permission to type essays or writing assignments to bypass handwriting or mobility concerns

Steps for Identification Process

  1. Student must self-identify to the Special Populations Office and request accommodations appropriate for their disability or medical diagnosis. Please complete the Student Identification Packet.

    It is the responsibility of the student to request accommodations.

  2. Student must provide current documentation of the disability for which accommodations are requested. Current documentation must be dated within the last 3 years. If you have documentation from more than 3 years ago, please reach out to the Coordinator of Special Populations.
  3. Once documentation is received and reviewed, the Coordinator of Student Accessibility Services will request a meeting to determine necessary accommodations and complete a service contract. This meeting is required for accommodations and/or services to begin.
  4. Schedule an appointment with the Coordinator of Student Accessibility Services.
  5. Meet with the Coordinator of Student Accessibility Services to:
    • Discuss your functional limitations and symptoms.
    • Discuss academic services and/or accommodations for which you are eligible.
    • Complete and sign the Accommodation Letter
    • Learn about Student Accessibility Services and/or Academic Assistance Center procedures and student responsibilities.

Steps for Current Students to renew their accommodation plan

Every student must complete a Student Schedule Request at the beginning of each semester enrolled and any time their schedule changes, giving the special populations coordinator permission to notify instructors of accommodations. Accommodation plans are not active until this document is received and accommodation plans are signed with your instructor(s).

This form must be completed in its entirety and delivered to the coordinator within a reasonable timeframe. Instructors are responsible for returning a signed copy to the Office of Special Populations.

Other Services at Central Carolina Community College

Services such as tutoring, writing assistance and academic support are offered through the Academic Assistance Center.

Temporary Disability

If you are expecting to have a surgical procedure, please communicate this to your Instructor(s) so that you both can establish how to be proactive at not missing assignments or falling behind in the material.

Follow the standard Special Populations intake process by completing the necessary paperwork (intake packet). Students will still need to provide medical documentation which includes diagnosis, expected duration of condition, treatment, and limitations.

Medical Documentation Requirements

The standard format for medical documentation required by Central Carolina Community College's Special Populations' Office is as follows:

  • Diagnosis from an appropriate licensed professional (with signature)
  • Diagnosis on official letterhead with contact information (not on a prescription memo pad)
  • Information must include: diagnosis and symptoms, recommendation for academic accommodations, and a list of all currently-prescribed medications and side effects if not taken as prescribed

Click for a more thorough explanation of each disabilities' documentation requirements

    • Diagnosis from a licensed professional (physician, licensed psychologist, licensed counselor, neurophysiologist, or mental health professional)
    • Professional recommendation for accommodation
    • Professional list of current medication(s) and side effects if not taken as prescribed
  • Emotional (Psychiatric)
    • Diagnosis from a licensed clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, Psychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) licensed clinical social workers, or other relevantly trained medical doctors
    • Professional recommendation for accommodation
    • Professional list of current medication(s) and side effects if not taken as prescribed
  • Hearing Impairment
    • Diagnosis of impairment from a licensed audiologist
    • Assessment should include functional limitations in an academic environment that would impede learning
    • Professional recommendation for accommodation
  • Learning Impairment
    • Diagnosis from a learning disability specialist or a licensed psychologist: clinical, educational, school, or neuropsychologist
    • Assessment must include aptitude-testing, achievement-testing, or analysis of information processing
    • Professional recommendation for accommodation
    • Professional list of current medication(s) and side effects if not taken as prescribed
  • Mental Impairment
    • Diagnosis and clear identification of symptoms by developmental pediatrician, neurologist, psychiatrist, psychologist, neuropsychologists, etc.
    • A recent psychological or neuropsychological examination detailing the individual's current cognitive functioning as it impacts the educational environment
    • Professional recommendation for accommodation
    • Professional list of current medication(s) and side effects if not taken as prescribed
  • Orthopedic Impairment (Physical disability not clearly visible)
    • Documentation from a licensed/qualified professional such as a physician or a licensed physical therapist
    • Professional recommendation for accommodation
    • Professional list of current medication(s) and side effects if not taken as prescribed
  • Visual Impairment (Blind or Low Vision)
    • Documentation from an optometrist or ophthalmologist
    • Assessment should include functional limitations in an academic environment that would impede learning
    • Professional recommendation for accommodation

Non-Discrimination Statement

Central Carolina Community College will provide "appropriate academic accommodations." If the College can provide the student with an auxiliary aid or accommodation that is equally as effective as the one being requested and less expensive, the College is not required to provide the more expensive auxiliary aid or accommodation.

Accordingly, it is the policy of Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) to foster a campus environment which empowers individuals to bring forth claims of illegal discrimination without fear of retaliation.

Illegal discrimination shall be defined as any action or decision that interferes or denies a person employment or participation in any educational program/activity at CCCC based upon race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex and sexual orientation, gender, family status, disability status, Veteran status, or any health or genetic information.

Central Carolina Community College supports the protection available to members of its community under all applicable Federal Laws, including Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 1991, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 799A and 845 of the Public Health Service Act, the Equal Pay and Age Discrimination Acts, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities ACT of 1990, and Executive Order 11375.

Please follow the Grievance Process Instructions listed on the Accommodations Appeals Form. Notification in writing should be filed by the complainant by completing the Accommodations Appeals Form.