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Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

To be eligible for accommodations through Verve College, students must have a documented disability condition as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under the ADA and Section 504, a person has a disability if he or she has: (a) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (such as walking, standing, seeing, speaking, hearing, sitting, breathing, reading, learning, thinking, performing manual tasks, taking care of oneself); (b) has a record of such impairment; or (c) is regarded as having such an impairment.

Please contact Verve College (4) weeks before the semester, or immediately following diagnosis of a disability to discuss your accommodation needs. An appointment can be made by calling 630-705-9999 or emailing Students with disabilities are required to provide documentation of their disability and how it may limit their participation in courses, programs, services, activities and facilities of Verve College.

Students wishing to request special accommodations must first fill out a Special Accommodations Inquiry Form. This form can be obtained from your Student Services representative.

Verve College will write an individualized Letter of Accommodation (LOA) which certifies that the student has a disability, and describes the reasonable accommodations approved by Verve College. The LOA will be provided to the student and faculty to contact Verve College if there are concerns or questions about the accommodations. Verve College will work with school personnel and students with disabilities to resolve disagreements regarding recommended academic adjustments/modifications. The student should notify Verve College if their disability changes in any way.

Students with disabilities are encouraged, but not required, to register with state rehabilitation agencies, the Veteran’s Administration, or similar agencies in order to obtain the full range of services to which they might be entitled.

Students requesting disability-related accommodations are required to provide current (within the last five years) diagnostic documentation from a licensed clinical professional familiar with the history and functional implications of their respective disabilities. Disability documentation must  adequately verify the nature and extent of the disability in accordance with current professional standards and techniques, and it must clearly substantiate the need for all of the student’s specific accommodation requests.

All documentation must be submitted on the official letterhead of the professional describing the disability. The report cannot be hand-written. It should be dated and signed and include the name, title, and professional credentials of the evaluator, including information about license or certification. In general, it is not acceptable for such documentation to include a diagnosis or testing performed by a member of the student’s family. Additionally, students requesting accommodations for the manifestations of multiple disabilities must provide evidence of all such conditions.

Disability documentation submitted to Verve College should conform to the following criteria:

Please note that any documentation for testing for the disability and any accommodation to be provided are not acceptable from any other  Individual Educational Program or any school.

In the event that a student needs a note taker or translator as per the required accommodations, Verve College will allow the student to have a note taker or  translator present, however it is the student’s responsibility to fund the note taker or translator. Verve College does not pay for translators or note takers for enrolled students needing such accommodations.

• An identification of the disability(s).
• An assessment of how the disability(s) affect your functioning.
• Suggestions as to how the disability(s) may be best accommodated.

This information will be shared only with the appropriate faculty and staff. All HIPAA regulations will be maintained and the student’s privacy and dignity shall be maintained.
Students with Disabilities are entitled to and provided all of the services offered by Verve College to its student body. This includes but is not limited to  career and placement services. The transfer credit policy for Students with Disabilities is the same as for all students. Please see the Transfer Policy in the Student Handbook.