Disability ServicesDisability Services

Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services is part of the Burton Center for Student Success. The mission of the Office of Disability Services is to help students receive equal opportunities to participate in and benefit from the college community. To ensure the best learning environments, we offer individual accommodations, support services, collaborative services, resources and advocacy.


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.

Services Provided

Counseling
The Office of Disability Services collaborates with the student in the planning, implementation and accommodating of appropriate services to develop an individualized accommodation plan. Disability Services works in partnership with the Burton Center for Student Success on disability-related issues of academic accommodations, learning strategies, advocacy skills and transition issues.

Exam Scheduling
The Office of Disability Services coordinates the procurement and the scheduling/proctoring of exams when taken at the Office of Disability Services with accommodations.

Interpreting and Transcription Services
The Office of Disability Services supports students in the use of assistive technology within budgetary constraints.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are instructors required to alter test format or course standards for a student with a disability?

All students, regardless of disability, are expected to be evaluated in the same manner and complete all course/degree requirements/standards. The Office of Disability Services determines and coordinates reasonable accommodations to ensure the exams are accessible to students with disabilities.

If an individual discloses a disability midway through the semester, will accommodations be given retroactively?

Instructors/supervisors are not required to make accommodations before individuals complete registration with Disability Services. Individuals must show and discuss their Accommodation Plan to instructors/supervisors in advance in order to gain access to the approved accommodations.

Will disclosure of a disability and registration with Disability Services become part of my permanent record/transcript?

No. Disability-related information is confidential medical information kept on file with the Office of Disability Services and not shared with any third party (including, but not limited to, subsequent universities or employers) without written consent of the individual.

Where do I go if I need academic assistance such as tutoring, counseling, etc.?

All students attending Lees-McRae are eligible to use academic resources through the Burton Center for Student Success and through Counseling Services in the Student Development Office.

Will individuals who have been diagnosed with a condition/disorder or who have a history of accommodations (via high school 504 plan or IEP) automatically receive accommodations?

A diagnosis alone does not qualify an individual for reasonable accommodations. A history of previously utilized accommodations will be considered. However, appropriate documentation that meets Lees-McRae guidelines, explains current impact of disability, and supports the request for any reasonable accommodations must be provided.


Disability Categories Served

  • Asperger Syndrome
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Chronic Health Illness
  • Hard of Hearing
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mobility Impairment
  • Psychological/Psychiatric Disability
  • Visual Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Examples of Accommodations

  • Access to Professor Notes/PowerPoints
  • Recorded Lectures
  • Tests Read Aloud
  • Note Takers
  • Priority Seating in the Classroom
  • Separate Setting/Extended Time for Tests
  • Tutoring Services

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.


Contact Us

Janice Hall
Coordinator of Disability Services
828.898.8833
hallj@lmc.edu

Hours of Availability:
Monday - Friday | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Office of Disability Services is located on the bottom floor of Carson Library and is accessed by taking the second right after you go through the Tutoring Center.