UACCM Disability Services ensures that each student served receives an appropriate level of support, proper accommodations to equalize educational opportunities, and encouragement to meet the challenges of higher education. We are focused on providing appropriate individualized accommodations for the student while maintaining classroom integrity and vigorous learning experiences without alteration of course content. Students with a disability are not required to seek disability services at UACCM. However, if you want to use classroom and/or testing accommodations, you are required to meet with a Disability Coordinator to determine reasonable accommodations.
Reasonable accommodations are provided in college not to guarantee success, but to provide access and equal opportunity. Reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities will be made, pursuant to federal and state law. It is the responsibility of the student to provide necessary documentation and/ or self-report individualized needs.
Students with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are encouraged to speak with a Disability Service Coordinator. Under the ADA and Section 504, a person has a disability if he/she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of major life activities (walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working).
Each student has unique needs and services. These are determined on an individual basis by a disability coordinator. The following items are considered to determine eligibility of services:
- Your personal story and needs which are discussed in private with a disability coordinator.
- Self-reporting of accommodations used in elementary and/or high school.
- Self-reporting of present accommodations needed to provide equal opportunity and access at UACCM.
- Documentation of your disability, past accommodations, and/or a summary of your school performance (SOP). There are multiple forms of documentation and assessment reports which we will accept. There is no documentation time frame required if the disability is considered to be lifelong.
- Personal interview, observation, and interactions with the disability coordinator.
How do I register for and Receive Services?
Step 1: Contact the Counseling and Disability Services Office located in the BTC #204 or call 501-977-2095 to schedule an appointment.
Step 2: Attend an intake appointment with a disability coordinator.
It is helpful if you bring all documentation you may have related to your disability and/or previous academic accommodations. If you do not have documentation and you are unable to explain your needs, the disability coordinator will discuss your next step.
Step 3: Request and pick up your classroom accommodation letter(s). Get the letter(s) signed and return them to disability services.
Step 4: Advocate for yourself with your faculty members to ensure you receive your accommodations.
Step 5: Check in with disability services if you have additional needs or need to discuss your accommodations.
UACCM offers accommodations to fit each student’s individual needs based on self-reporting and documentation. Some modifications given in high school are not considered reasonable at the collegiate level. The following are not considered reasonable accommodations and are not offered:
- Tutoring/individual instruction
- Personal aides or attendants
- Personal devices or equipment (e.g. eyeglasses, wheelchairs, hearing aids, guide animal, etc.)
- Diagnostic testing for a Learning Disability
- Transportation services