In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, support services are provided by the Disability Support Office to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to the educational opportunities offered at Sauk Valley Community College.
In order to initiate services, students must submit to the Coordinator of Disability Support the necessary and appropriate official documentation verifying the disability. The type of documentation may vary dependent upon the type of disability. Documentation should be current within 3 years, and use adult test instruments (Psychological-education evaluation or medical report). Current documentation must use adult test instruments (Psychological-education evaluation or medical report). What this means is that your assessments should not be assessments for children, but rather tests that are designed for adults, i.e. WAID-III rather than WISC-III.
Please note that in IEP and/or 504 plan and/or SOP are not sufficient documentation of a disability in Higher Education.
The required documentation usually includes the following:
- Learning Disability and/or Attention Deficit Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury:
- A current, within 3 years written diagnostic evaluation report using adult test instruments from a qualified professional such as a clinical psychologist, or physician verifying the diagnosis. This signed report should include the names of tests administered and all test scores, information on how the disability impacts academic performance, and recommendations (based on the diagnostic evaluation results) for specific learning strategies, and any prescribed medication.
- Deaf or Hard of Hearing:
- A current (within 3 years) written audiological report from a licensed audiologist, verifying the degree of hearing sensitivity. This signed report should include information on how the disability impacts academic performance.
- Visual Impairment, Physical Disability, Psychiatric Disability, and Other Health Concerns:
- A current (within 3 years) written physicians report on the etiology, evaluation, and prognosis of the disability. This signed report should include information on how the disability impacts academic performance.
Once the necessary documentation has been provided, the Coordinator of Disability Support will discuss how the disability will impact the academic susccess with the student. Based upon the documentation provided, the Coordinator of Disability Support will determine if any or what accommodations are appropriate.