Center for Students with Disabilities
The Center for Students with Disabilities provides ongoing assistance to faculty, staff and students regarding the institution’s obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Students who are registered with the Center are
eligible to receive services and accommodations. The Center also serves as a liaison between the Tennessee Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and Northeast State.
The Center for Students with Disabilities at Northeast State works to provide reasonable accommodations and assure that campus programs and activities are accessible to students with disabilities. It is the responsibility of this office to:
- Review disability documentation and determine student status under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Determine “reasonable accommodations” for students with disabilities
- Communicate with instructors about student progress
- Assist students with development of effective “self-advocacy” and learning skills
- Schedule tutoring for Vocational Rehabilitation clients and follow their progress
- Provide suggestions to instructors about provision of approved accommodations
- Locate and maintain resources to assist instructors in students’ individual needs
- Assist the student and instructor in the communication process regarding accommodations when necessary
The college does not offer specialized separate classes for persons with disabilities. Instead, accommodations are made so that students with disabilities can take classes alongside students without disabilities. Some of the services available to accommodate
students with disabilities include, but are not limited to:
- Early registration
- Extended time on exams
- Alternative test location
- Oral testing
- Scribe or reader services
- Classroom modifications
- Assistance in obtaining textbooks on PDF
- Specialized equipment
- Publications in large print and Braille
- Interpreter services
- Faculty accommodation letters
An “individual with a disability” is a person who:
- has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities;
- has a record of such impairment; or
- is regarded as having such an impairment.
A “physical or mental impairment” means:
- any physiologic disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: neurological; musculoskeletal; special sense organs; respiratory, including speech organs; cardiovascular; reproductive; digestive, genitourinary; hemic and lymphatic; skin, and endocrine; or
- any mental or psychological disorder, such as mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities.
A “major life activity” means
a basic, everyday physical or mental function that the average person in the general population has little or no difficulty performing. Major life activities include learning, speaking, working, hearing, seeing, breathing, caring for oneself, walking or performing manual tasks.
To determine if the impairment “substantially limits” a major life activity, look at:
- the nature and severity of the impairment;
- how long it will last or is expected to last; and
- its permanent or long-term impact, or expected impact.
“Record of impairment” means an individual has:
- a history of impairment; or
- a record of having been misclassified as having an impairment.
“Regarded as impaired” means an individual:
- has an impairment not limiting a major life activity, but is treated as disabled; or
- does not have an impairment, but is treated as disabled.
“Otherwise qualified” means an individual is able to meet the technical and academic qualifications for entry into the school, program or activity.
The Center for Students with Disabilities is established to serve the needs of individuals with disabilities. In order to receive accommodations or services, students must self-identify and request services through the Center for Students with Disabilities. Reasonable accommodations and the need for tutoring services are reviewed and determined on a case-by-case basis.
To obtain accommodations or support services from the Center for Students with Disabilities:
- Contact the CSD Director by phone or in person.
- Provide written documentation of your disability. See documentation guidelines.
The director will review your documentation and inform you if additional information is required. You will then be contacted to schedule your Needs Assessment appointment and determine those accommodations and support services to be provided.
Medical Documentation Form
Psychiatric/Psychological Disability Certification Form