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Disability Services

Mission

Lees-McRae College is dedicated to ensuring that students with disabilities have equal access to educational opportunities. The Office of Disability Services provides assistance and encouragement to meet the challenges of college life. Believing that students with disabilities can effectively advocate for their needs, we strive to empower students for College success.


American Disabilities Act

Under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1973, all colleges and universities receiving federal financial assistance are legally bound to prohibit discrimination in the recruitment, admissions and educational process of students with disabilities.

Students with documented disabilities are entitled to receive reasonable accommodations that will enable them to participate in and have the opportunity to benefit from educational programs and activities at Lees-McRae College.


Definition

A person with a disability is an individual with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. An individual is considered to be a person with a disability if s/he...

  • has a disability
  • has a history of disability
  • is recognized by others as having a disability.

Resources

Providing services for students with disabilities is a component of the Division of Student Success. Any student with a documented disability is assisted in obtaining reasonable accommodations for instructional activities. Disability Services also serves as a resource for faculty and staff who need information about working with students with disabilities. Disability Services can provide referrals to community resources as well.


Procedure

Students with disabilities are entitled to an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from programs and services offered at Lees-McRae College. To ensure this, students with disabilities at the College should adhere to the following procedure:

  • Identify themselves to the Office of Disability Services and register as a student with a disability;
  • Provide adult documentation (completed on or after the student's 16th birthday) from a doctor or
  • Other licensed professional identifying the disability and recommended academic accommodations;
  • Meet with the Coordinator of Disability Services and actively participate in the development of an academic accommodation plan;
  • Meet with your instructors at the beginning of each term to discuss how to best implement the accommodation plan;
  • Stay in contact with the Coordinator of Disability Services during the semester to ensure the coordination of accommodations is both appropriate and effective.
  • Consult with your advisor immediately if problems arise with you accommodations.

Other

Experience indicates that students who actively pursue needed accommodations and services increase their chances of success in college.

Students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to identify themselves to the Office of Disability Services and to provide current documentation, so they can take full advantage of available resources. Disability Services treats all student information with the utmost confidentiality. NO information will be released without the student's written consent.