Disability Services

Disability Services


Danville Area Community College is committed to creating an inclusive campus climate by fostering an understanding of the effects of disabilities and by working to eliminate the physical, technical, and attitudinal barriers that limit the range of opportunity for students with disabilities.

ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATIONS

Danville Area Community College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all qualified students with disabilities. Contact the office of Disability Services for any questions regarding academic accommodations.

Disability Services
Cannon Hall, 1 st Floor (Room 109)
disability-services@dacc.edu
(217) 443-8708 / (217) 443-8809
TTY (217) 443-8701

To receive accommodations, complete your request form as soon as possible. Timeliness will ensure academic accommodations can be implemented from the start of your semester. You will need to complete a Semester Request form before each semester to continue your accommodations from one semester to the next.

Steps to Get Started:

  1. Complete the Accommodation Request Form. This form can be submitted online at dacc.edu/ssc/oa, delivered to office of Disability Services on campus (Cannon Hall, room 103 or 109), or as an email attachment (disability-services@dacc.edu).
  2. Submit supporting documentation along with Accommodation Request online, emailing the documentation to disability-services@dacc.edu, or by delivering the documentation to the office of Disability Services. The documentation provided should substantiate the need for accommodations by 1) identifying the disability, 2) being recent or within the last 3 years, and 3) providing suggestions for reasonable accommodations based on the diagnosis provided.

    1. If you do not have current documentation,

      1. Ask your medical provider to complete Section 2 of this form or,
      2. Visit the Department of Rehabilitation to request an evaluation
  3. Complete an intake interview with a staff member from Disability Services. Appointments can be made online by visiting https://www.dacc.edu/ssc/oa (select Disability Services interview), by email (disability-services@dacc.edu), or by calling the Testing Center at 217-443-8708.
  4. Complete a Semester Request form before the start of each semester. A Semester Request form can be found online at dacc.edu/ssc/oa (drop-down under student resources) or on campus in the Testing Center (Cannon Hall, room 103).

Students with a disability should expect to maintain the standards that apply to everyone else in the course and request only the accommodations/modifications deemed reasonable. Disability Services will review your request and notify you of the approved accommodations. The office will also send a notification to your instructors indicating the accommodations found reasonable. It will be your responsibility to contact your instructors to arrange these accommodations.

Please note, the accommodations and services are offered in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990.

DETERMINING THE NEED FOR AUXILIARY AIDS AND SERVICES

The collaborative process continues when determining the need and practicality for auxiliary aids and services. Be prepared to describe the auxiliary aids and services you used in the past and provide documentation of a disability and the need for accommodations.

Documentation Guidelines

*Documentation must be completed by a qualified professional
*The documentation includes a diagnosis and current level of functioning
*The documentation includes current, past, and/or recommended auxiliary aids and services

FUNDAMENTAL GOALS OF A CURRICULUM

Faculty have the right to reject accommodations that undercut a course’s fundamental goals. Faculty may also choose between equally effective accommodations, if one is less intrusive to the course goals. A student’s request for an accommodation that would alter the curriculum or a course's fundamental goals is considered an unreasonable request. Working with your college instructors will be important to ensuring that you are provided all possible accommodation strategies that will provide you with the maximum opportunity for both learning and demonstrating mastery.

ACCESSIBILITY ON CAMPUS

It is the policy of Danville Area Community College to provide an accessible campus, both in terms of the physical plant and programs. The College will comply with all requirements set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Illinois Accessibility Code of 1988, and all regulations implementing these Acts. Three offices on the DACC campus work together to address accessibility issues:

Doug Adams, Executive Director of Maintenance & Facilities (OF) reviews and coordinates physical plant modifications to ensure the accessibility of campus for all students, employees, and visitors with disabilities who wish to access the College's programs and services.  Doug may be contacted by phone at 443-8832 or via email at dadams@dacc.edu.

Jill Cranmore, Vice President of Human Resources (Affirmative Action Officer and Section 504/ADA Compliance Officer located in Vermilion Hall) is responsible for addressing concerns of students, staff, and the public regarding compliance and accessibility.
Jill Cranmore may be contacted by phone at 443-8756.

Lisa Rudolph, Director of Testing & Academic Services (Cannon Hall, Room 109) reviews student requests, coordinates academic accommodations and auxiliary aids, serves as the liaison between students and faculty members, and advises students as needed. Lisa may be contacted by phone at 217-443-8809 or by email at lrudolph@dacc.edu

GRIEVANCE POLICY

Internal Process

This process was established to comply with the ADA/Section 504 mandate to “provide for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action that would be prohibited.” If a student does not agree with a recommended accommodation, or has been denied accommodation(s), the student may file a complaint through the Office of Accommodations Complaint Process. A faculty or staff member who does not agree with an accommodation recommended for a student may also utilize this process. A faculty or staff-initiated complaint may not delay the implementation of an accommodation which Office of Accommodations believes to be in compliance with ADA.

Any individual needing accommodation to participate in this complaint process should contact the Assessment Center

  1. If informal discussions with DACC personnel have not resolved the issue, the individual shall submit a written or recorded complaint to the Dean of Student Services or his/her designee, within ten (10) working days of the event(s) that triggered the complaint.
  2. The Dean of Student Services or his/her designee shall meet with the individual within ten (10) working days of the receipt of the complaint to reach a resolution informally.
  3. If an informal resolution cannot be reached the Dean of Student Services will appoint an ad hoc committee to investigate the complaint. This committee will be chaired by the Dean or his/her designee. The investigation will proceed promptly.
  4. Within five (5) working days following the conclusion of the investigation, the chair of the ad hoc committee will provide its recommendation to the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services.
  5. Within fifteen (15) working days of the receipt of the recommendations from the committee, the Vice President of Instruction will make a decision regarding the complaint and provide a written notice of the decision to all parties involved.

External Process

Grievances may be resolved on an informal basis or on a formal basis. Every attempt will be made to resolve all grievances internally at the point of origin in a timely manner. Although students with disabilities are encouraged to attempt to resolve a grievance within the campus process, they have the right to file any grievance directly with the Office of Civil Rights at:

Office of Civil Rights
U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
233 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 240
Chicago, IL 60601
Voice Phone 1-800-368-1019  FAX (202) 619-3818
TDD (800) 537-7697

 

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