2.10 Disabilities

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Chapter 2: Students

2.10 Disability Accommodations

Related Minnesota State Board Policy: 1b.4 Access and Accommodation for Individuals with Disabilities
Related Minnesota State Board Procedure: none

Purpose:  Normandale Community College is committed to ensuring its programs, services and activities are accessible to individuals with disabilities, through its compliance with state and federal laws. The college recognizes that individuals with disabilities may need accommodations to have equally effective opportunities to participate in or benefit from the college’s programs, services and activities.

Part 1: Definitions 
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  1.  An individual with a disability.
    1. Any person who has a physical or mental impairment which materially limits one or more of the person's major life activities.
    2. Any person who has a record of such impairment which means that a person has a history of or has been classified as having a mental or physical impairment that materially limits one or more major life activities.
  2. Qualified individual with a disability. An individual who, with or without reasonable modifications to rules, policies, or practices, the removal of architectural, communication, or transportation barriers, or the provision of auxiliary aids and services, meets the essential eligibility requirements for receipt of services or participation in a system office, college, or university program or activity. Essential eligibility requirements include, but are not limited to, academic and technical standards requisite to admission or participation in an education program or activity.
  3. Program devices and services. May include wheelchairs; individually prescribed devices, such as prescription eyeglasses or hearing aids; readers for personal use or study; or services of a personal nature including assistance in eating, toileting, or dressing.
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Part 2: General Access Policy

Normandale Community College provides access to programs, services and activities to qualified individuals with known disabilities as required by law. An individual requesting an accommodation may be required to provide documentation of eligibility for the accommodation.

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Part 3: Availability and Notice

Notices for accommodation and disability are available in the college catalog and the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) handbook.  Normandale Community Colleges prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability, and the contact information for disability accommodations and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complaints is available in the college catalog and the OSD handbook.

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Part 4: Reasonable Accommodations

Programs, Services, and Activities. Normandale Community Colleges makes reasonable accommodations to ensure access to programs, services, and activities as required by law.

Access means that a qualified individual with a disability will not be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the programs, services, or activities, nor will the individual be subjected to discrimination.

Reasonable accommodations may include modifications to: rules, policies, or practices; the removal of architectural, communication, or transportation barriers; provision of auxiliary aids or the provision of equally effective programs, services, or activities. In accordance with the ADA, accommodations will not be provided  for personal devices or services even though the individual may be a qualified individual with a disability, or that result in a fundamental alteration in the nature of a service, program, or activity or in undue financial or administrative burdens.

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Part 5: Offered and/or Sponsored Services or Activities for Qualified Students with Disabilities.

Normandale Community College provides qualified students with a disability access to services and activities that are operated or sponsored by the institution or that receive significant assistance from the institution. Such access shall be provided in a reasonable manner as required by law. The following is available to qualified students with disabilities:


Subpart A: Support, counseling, and information services that may include support groups, individual counseling, career counseling and assessment, and referral services


Subpart B: Academic assistance services that may include assistive devices, early registration services, early syllabus availability, course selection, program advising, course work assistance, testing assistance and modification, and tutoring; and


Subpart C: Coordination services that may include personnel acting on the student's behalf and serving as the primary contact and coordinator for students needing services, assistance in working individually with faculty and administrators, intervention procedures, and grievance procedures.

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Part 6: Process

Subpart A: Students requesting are provided an individual copy of Board policy 1B.4.


Subpart B: The Office for Students with Disabilities Director is responsible for making a determination about the request for accommodation or the delivery of services. 

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Subpart C: Students wishing to appeal a denial of a request for accommodation follow the process provided in the OSD handbook .

  Policy History:
Date of Adoption:  Established prior to 2011
Date of Implementation:
Date and Subject of Revisions:
Next Review Date:  2014-15
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