The Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities and requires accommodations for them in public, professional, and school life. A disability is an impairment that may be physical, mental, sensory, emotional, or developmental. While some disabilities are noticeable, others are “invisible” – you can’t tell by looking at someone that he or she has a disability. Disabilities can cause challenges in school, work, and personal life, but accommodations can help you overcome them.
Academic Success Center
The disability services here at Bryan College helps students with disabilities who need academic accommodations or other specialized services.
Extended time on tests and quizzes
Extensions on assignment deadlines
Test proctoring that is free of distractions
Access to audio books and special materials
Alternative test methods
Lecture recording or materials available early
Do I Qualify?
How to Receive Accommodations
Step 1: Complete your Application
Download the Application for Accommodations and fill out your information. This includes personal information, a description of your disability, and a list of the accommodations you request.
Step 2: Retrieve Documentation
You should also attach a letter from your physician or counselor documenting your disability and his or her recommendations for your accommodations. Documentation should be current, preferably within the last three years (older documentation may be accepted for conditions that are permanent).
Step 3: Submit Materials to the Coordinator
Submit your application and documentation to the Coordinator via email, mail, or fax. You may also request that your physician send your documentation from his or her office.
Step 4: Review your Syllabus Addendum
The Coordinator will create a Syllabus Addendum. This document describes the accommodations you will receive in your classes. Review this carefully to ensure that it is correct and complete.
Step 5: Send Addendum to Instructors
It is the student’s responsibility to be proactive in seeking accommodations for each class before the start dates. You will work with the ADA Coordinator to share Syllabus Addendum information with each of your instructors before the class starts or on the first day of class. Once your instructor approves the accommodations, the syllabus addendum is an agreement for that class.
Step 6: Update the Coordinator on Changes
Remember to contact the Coordinator if you need additional accommodations or are struggling in a class. We are here to serve you and support you in any way we can!