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DSS Getting Started
Many services for students with disabilities that were previously facilitated by parents and teachers under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) Guidelines are now the responsibility of the student. It should be understood that not all accommodations received in high school are acceptable in college. It is the student’s responsibility to self-identify, provide current and appropriate documentation of a disability, and request accommodations from Disability Support Services.
Any qualified student with a disability who requests accommodation should meet with the DSS Coordinator at least 3 weeks prior to the student’s first semester of classes. This allows time to ensure that the student has all the appropriate documentation related to the disability and to set up needed accommodations in advance.
A student has a right to choose not to disclose a disability; however, if a student chooses not to disclose a disability to Disability Support Services, the student is not covered under the ADAAA or under Section 504, and he or she cannot receive accommodations or support services. Should a student choose not to disclose a disability and then later decide to disclose the disability, any newly requested accommodations are not provided retroactively.
Who is eligible?
The DSS office provides services for any Jefferson College student with a diagnosed disability, including visual, hearing, psychiatric, physical, and learning disabilities.
Current and appropriate documentation of a disability must be provided to the DSS Office and must show how the disability substantially limits one or more major life activities before accommodations can be received. Jefferson College follows the established guidelines of the St. Louis Association on Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD) regarding documentation requirements of learning disabilities at the post-secondary level.
To request information regarding required documentation, contact the DSS Office in the Technology Center at Jefferson College Hillsboro or call (636) 481-3158 or (636) 797-3000, ext. 3158.
To ensure appropriate accommodations are in place before the semester begins, the
following steps must be taken:
- Contact the DSS Office at (636) 481-3158 or (636) 797-3000, ext. 3158 to discuss potential eligibility and the process for accessing disability services.
- Complete an Application for Services
- Provide the DSS Office with all requested and appropriate documentation.*
- Complete an intake appointment to go over any approved accommodations.
- Meet with an advisor and register for classes.
- Contact the DSS Office each semester to continue receiving services.
(* If accommodations are needed for entrance placement, the student needs to schedule an appointment with the DSS coordinator before meeting with an advisor and registering for classes.).
Specific Documentation Requirements
- Learning Disability or Other Cognitive Impairments
- Blind or Visually Impaired
- Deaf or Hearing Impaired
- Physical Disorders and Chronic Health Conditions
- Psychological and Psychiatric Disorders
Please see the Disability Support Services Policies and Procedures Manual for more information.