Ensuring Access to Educational Programming and Activities
Rainy River Community College provides services to people with disabilities, ensuring equal access to the College and our programs. We also assist faculty and staff in understanding and arranging for academic accommodations when needed.
The Disability Services Office is dedicated to providing access to our diverse student body. We recognize disability as a social identity that is a vital element of our campus community. Furthermore, we are committed to providing equal access and opportunity to all qualified students with disabilities.
The Disability Services Office supports students with documented disabilities by insuring that they:
- Have equal access to educational programs and college courses
- Can obtain materials and publications in alternate formats
- Can utilize academic support and other services
- Can fully participate in college sponsored events and activities
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation act of 1973
"No otherwise qualified handicapped individual shall solely by reason of his/her handicap be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
In July of 1990, the United States Congress passes ADA (P.L. 101-136), which gives civil rights protections to people with disabilities and prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability.
Arrangements for classroom accommodations are made with the Disabilities Services Coordinator each semester. To be successful in college and in life, you need to learn to discuss your disability needs and become your own best advocate.
Applying for Accommodations
Below are steps students must follow to apply for services:
1. Provide updated documentation of disability that has been completed by a medical professional (EX: medical doctor, licensed mental health counselor or licensed physiologist) within the last 3 years
Documentation of Disability Guidelines
The following factors should be included in a student’s documentation of disability form:
- The credentials of the evaluator
- A diagnostic statement identifying the disability
- A description of the current functional limitations
- A description of the expected progression or stability of the disability
- Suggestions for accommodations, adaptive devices, assistive services, compensatory strategies, and/or collateral support services.
- Be signed and dated by a medical professional
Important Note: Rainy River Community College does not accept a high school IEP or 504 Plan as appropriate documentation of disability, but will accept the Evaluation Summary Report that is associated with the IEP, as long as it has been completed in the last three years and meet the documentation of disability guidelines.
2. Schedule an appointment with Amy Amundsen, Disability Services Coordinator to discuss needs and develop a reasonable accommodation plan if qualifying for services.
Academic accommodations for students with disabilities are not a special privilege; they are a right under the law.
Since every student’s situation is unique, specific accommodations for their disability is discussed during a confidential intake meeting with the Disability Services Coordinator. We will obtain the student’s permission before entering into discussions with parents, advocates, transition coordinators, rehabilitation services counselors, or other professionals. Most accommodations can be coordinated and provided in a confidential manner.
Students often request these services:
- Testing accommodations
- Note-taking services / recording of a lecture
- Materials in alternative formats
- Assistive technology
- Specific seating
Continuing to Receive Accommodations
Students who are already registered with the Disability Services Office must follow the following steps in order to continue to receive accommodations:
- Check in with the Disability Services Office at the beginning of each semester to update their letter of accommodation.
- Students are responsible for providing a copy of their letter of accommodation to their instructors, if they would like to utilize accommodations for that course.
Process for transfer students
If students are transferring from another college it is important to note that accommodations do not automatically transfer from school to school. In order to get set up with our Disability Services Office and accommodations as soon as possible, please follow the steps listed in the applying for accommodations section.
Disability Services Contact Information