According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a qualified individual with a disability is "an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable modification to rules, policies, or practices, the removal of architectural, communication, or transportation barriers, or the provision of auxiliary aids and services, meets the essential eligibility requirements for the receipt of services or the participation in programs or activities provided by a public entity."
A students' history of accommodations is discussed during the intake process and is considered when applying accommodations to the academic environment. Colleges are not required to provide accommodations that fundamentally alter the nature of a class or that will pose an undue administrative or financial burden on the institution. In addition, accommodations provided may not be the same at different post-secondary institutions.
The purpose of accommodations is to provide access and equal opportunity. Mesa Community College provides students with disabilities academic accommodations in order to ensure that students have an equal opportunity to participate in all Mesa Community College programs, services, and activities.
|Type of Accommodation||Time Needed|
|Alternative Textbooks||3 weeks*|
|Sign Language Interpreters||One week for individual assignment; Pre-registration no less than two weeks before the semester is required for on-going classes.**|
|Closed Caption for videos||Four weeks|
|Note takers||Two weeks ***|
|Testing Accommodations requiring readers, scribes and private rooms||Two working days before the test; the day of the test and weekends do not count|
|Brailled Exams and Handouts||Seven Working Days|
|Brailled Math, Science and Technical Materials||Six Weeks|
|Classroom Assistants||Two weeks ***|
|Adaptive Equipment||See DRS Manager|
* Depending upon response from the publishing company
** Interpreters cannot be guaranteed for the first week of classes if request is less than two weeks ahead of the semester
*** Available for in-person classes only
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