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Students with Disabilities - Helping Others Help Themselves

Welcome to the Office of Disability Services at Odessa College

We look forward to providing you with the assistance needed for you to achieve your academic goals.  Assistance will be made available to students that have provided documentation that confirms their disability and need for accommodations in the academic setting.  This office provides assistance with advising, accommodations and other services as needed. 

Accommodations and Services Provided

  • Testing accommodations for placement tests.
  • Note taker, carbonless paper, enlarged printed copies, extended time for tests/quizzes, scribes, screen readers.
  • Sign Interpreters as needed for student appointments, meetings and classes during the semester.
  • Special membership with Learning Ally®, DAISY Devices™ special equipment for audiobooks - www.learningally.org.
  • Braille printer, Zoom text, Jaws, desktop magnifier, scanning and reading appliance.
  • Information about scholarships for students with disabilities from the Office of the Governor - and other scholarships.
  • Large screen monitors in classrooms as needed for students with limited vision.
  • FM loop system, tape recorders, software and other equipment.

Information on services provided on campus by other offices

  • Student Success Center – free tutoring, Peer Mentoring, workshops for study skills, special software, special equipment, assistance with Blackboard for web courses, assistive technology equipment is located at this center, located in the Learning Resource Center Building, on the first floor.
  • VA Services - offering active and former military personnel and family members educational guidance and assistance, for information please call 432-335-6833.
  • Wrangler Express Center - a first stop location for assistance with applications for admission, financial aid, or registering, adding or dropping classes, needing to get your picture ID card, and many other services. The WEC has extended hours and is open on Saturday mornings, for assistance please call them at 335-6849.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)

The federal law guarantees civil rights and protection from discrimination to persons with disabilities.  It basically makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of disability.  The ADA covers employment in the private or public sector, transportation, public accommodations, services provided by state or local government, and telecommunication relay services.

The law was passed in July 1990 and its purpose was to end discrimination against people with disabilities in areas of employment, education, public accommodations, the licensing of professionals, and other areas.  This law is generally thought to be as important for people with disabilities as was the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s for persons who are considered minorities.  Colleges and universities that receive federal funds (such as Pell Grant monies) are also required to comply with a nondiscrimination law called Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  The ADA upholds and extends the provisions of the earlier Section 504

Colleges and universities cannot discriminate in the recruitment, admission, or treatment of students if they receive federal funds.  What this means is that students with documented disabilities may request modifications, accommodations, or auxiliary aids which will enable them to participate in and benefit from all post-secondary educational programs and activities.  Colleges and universities are required to make the changes necessary to make sure that each academic program or activity is as accessible as possible by all students, disabled or not.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

This law states that “No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States shall, solely by reason of handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

Who are Individuals with Disabilities?

A person with a disability is anyone with a mental or a physical impairment who has a history of such condition, or who is perceived by others to be disabled, where one or more life activities are substantially limited.  Life activities are things like caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.  The term “physical impairment” or “mental impairment” includes, but isn’t limited to, things like:

  • Speech
  • Visual Impairments
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Speech Disorders  
  • Mental Retardation
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Orthopedic Handicaps
  • Psychiatric Disorders
  • Hearing
  • Mobility impairments
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Diabetes
  • AIDS
  • Emotional Illness
  • Dyslexia/Learning Disabilities
  • Odessa College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, religion, disability or age.

     
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