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What is a Reasonable Accommodation?

The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment (ADAAA) of 2008 and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 require that South Mountain Community College make reasonable accommodations for all individuals with a disability who qualify.  The Acts also require that South Mountain Community College prohibit discrimination related to disability. Reasonable accommodations are adjustments that allow the individual with a disability to have equal opportunity and access to SMCC’s courses, services, and activities.  Accommodations that fall outside the realm of ‘reasonable’ are not obligated.

Who Qualifies for Accommodations?

A student with a disability is eligible to receive reasonable accommodations if the documented disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Major life activities include: caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, concentrating, and working.

Each applicant with a disability must meet MCCCD admissions requirements, or be enrolled as an MCCCD student, and must provide Disability Resource Services (DRS) with required documentation verifying the nature and extent of the disability prior to receiving any accommodations. The DRS Manager and program advisors are responsible for evaluating documentation and determining accommodation eligibility.

To receive accommodations, the student must contact the Disability Resources & Services office and provide medical documentation which documents the nature and extent of the stated disability.

Otherwise Qualified

A student with a disability must be “otherwise qualified” to meet the same academic requirements and standards as non-disabled students. These requirements and standards must be considered necessary to maintain the integrity of a course, program or college policy. Students with disabilities are required to meet an instructor’s expectations for students in regard to class participation, work standards, attendance, and ability to demonstrate acquired knowledge.

Faculty Guides

DRS 101 for Faculty: https://maricopa.instructure.com/enroll/TKYYW8

Helpful Classroom Tips: https://www/w3/org/WA/intro/people-use-web/Overview