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Disability Services

Prairie State College (PSC) is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for enrolled or admitted students with documented disabilities. The Office of Disability Services seeks to maintain academic standards while providing equal access and support services to students who are able to benefit from courses offered by the college, have the commitment to succeed, and have a documented disability.

Reasonable accommodations are determined on an individual case by case basis to meet the needs presented by the student's disability. Students must submit documentation before accommodations can be provided.

Mission Statement
The Office of Disability Services is committed to providing equal access to all college programs and academic support services to students who have a documented disability and the commitment to succeed. The Office of Disability Services also provides reasonable and appropriate academic accommodations, as well as, promoting independence, success, and self-advocacy. In addition, assistance is given to students to make a successful transition from high school to college.

Legal Mandates
Post-secondary students with disabilities are guaranteed access to college programs and services by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

"Subject to the provisions of this title, no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by such an entity."

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

"No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States ... shall, solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

Who is a person with a disability?
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, or taking care of oneself.

Has a record of such impairment or is perceived as having such impairment.

For more information, contact
Tanya Norfleet, Disability Coordinator and Recruiter / Advisor
Room 1200 (located in Academic Advising Center adjacent to the Library)
Phone: (708) 709-3755
Email: tnorfleet@prairiestate.edu

Obtaining Services
Students should not wait until classes begin to register with the Office of Disability Services. Early arrangements will enable PSC to provide comfortable and supportive classrooms from the first day of class.

Students must follow the steps listed below in order to be eligible to receive reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973:

  1.  Apply to PSC. Complete and submit the Admissions Application. If you have questions about the enrollment process, contact Enrollment Services at (708) 709-3516. Allow three days for processing the online application.
  2. Complete and submit the Office of Disability Services Intake Form.
  3. Contact the Tanya Norfleet, Disability Coordinator, to schedule an Intake Appointment at tnorfleet@prairiestate.edu or (708) 709-3755.
  4. During the Intake Appointment, you will:
    • Voluntarily self-disclose disability
    • Discuss the accommodations that you are requesting
    • Provide appropriate documentation of disability. Do not mail or drop off documentation. Documentation can also be sent via email to: tnorfleet@prairiestate.edu).

Documentation
Any student requesting accommodations must submit written documentation to the Disability Coordinator.
All documentation:

  1. Must be current
  2. Must be provided by a qualified professional such as a physician, audiologist, psychologist, psychiatrist or neurologist or a copy of your Psychological Evaluation. (The type of documentation needed, depends on the disability type).
  3. Must have a statement of diagnosis, the impact on learning and suggested accommodations.
An Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan, may help identify services that have been effective for you. However, this is generally not sufficient documentation at the post-secondary level, according to the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights. PSC will accept an IEP or 504 initially (depending on disability), but additional documentation will be required in order to provide appropriate accommodations.

If you do not have supporting documentation, you should still meet with the Office of Disability Services to discuss.

When Should I Request Accommodations for my courses?
All students must request reasonable accommodations every semester by submitting the online Accommodation Request Form. If you have any questions regarding this form, please contact the Office of Disability Services at (708) 709-3755 or tnorfleet@prairiestate.edu. Accommodation Requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Some accommodations may take several weeks to arrange. Please contact the Disability Coordinator when you register for each semester. Early arrangements will enable PSC to provide comfortable and supportive classrooms from the first day of class.

Placement Test Accommodations
Please contact The Office of Disability Services, if you will need accommodations in order to complete the Placement Test.

Appeal Procedure for Students with Disabilities
Prairie State College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, age, gender, disability, ancestry, marital status, military discharge status, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation or other non-merit factors in educational programs, activities, or employment practices. The College is prohibited by law from discriminating in such a manner. Inquiries may be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer, Prairie State College.

An appeal process is in place if a student is concerned that he/she has not received reasonable accommodations/services under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The student should meet first with the Disability Coordinator and Recruiter / Advisor to express his/her concerns. If the student is not satisfied with the outcome, he/she must submit a written appeal within five working days to the Dean of Counseling and Academic Services. If a resolution is not reached, the student will submit a written request that the Vice President of Academic Affairs convene an Appeals Committee (composed of two faculty members, two administrators and one student). The decision of the Appeals Committee is final.