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FUTURE STUDENTS » Accommodations & Disability

Disability Services

The Office of Counseling and Advising Services is a department within Student Services. Our purpose, in regards to providing services for Students with Disabilities, is to provide testing and classroom accommodations and referrals for on-campus and off-campus resources that will ensure students with disabilities the opportunity to receive a college education on a level playing field with their peers. Our mission is to empower students with disabilities to competitively pursue higher education.

Students must self-identify and register with the Director of Counseling and Advising at the beginning of each semester.

  1. All documentation must be current and provided by a licensed professional qualified in the area of disability for which he/she is recommending accommodations.
    1. Documentation must be on letterhead from the said professional’s practice
    2. Documentation must have been completed no more than 3 years prior to the date that the student submits a request for accommodations.
    3. Documentation should address the nature, as well as, the recommended accommodations, and should describe how the specific disability impacts functioning in an academic setting. 
    4. Documentation should address the specific diagnosis, tests used in making the diagnosis, and when appropriate, test scores.
  2. All students must meet with the Director of Counseling and Advising before being eligible for receiving educational accommodations.
    1. At the initial meeting student must provide proper and current documentation related to his/her disability. For each semester following, the student must request his or her accommodations be put in place and sign a new contract.
    2. All policies and procedures will be explained to the student and a contract must be signed by the student.
    3. Copies of the contract will be provided for instructors explaining what accommodations the student is entitled to and options for providing said accommodations.
  3. Students wishing to take exams in the Testing Center (located in Student Services) must turn in an Accommodated Testing Form.
  4. Students must take all exams at the same time that his/her classmates are testing unless there is a class schedule conflict. If there is a conflict, students must make arrangements with the instructor and exam monitor to reschedule testing.
  5. All tests must be scheduled and confirmed at least 48 hours in advance of test date with Office of Student Services. 
  6. Students are responsible for obtaining all information needed during testing from their instructors. Test monitors will not provide tutoring or guidance during testing. 
  7. Tests must be turned in to test monitor at the end of the allocated testing time.

Accommodations

Accommodations provided:

  • Preferential Seating
  • Extended time for exams and in class assignments
  • Notes provided (copies of notes can be made in the Office of Student Services)
  • Reader/Scribe for exams (including answer transfer to Scantron)
  • Distraction free testing area
  • Calculator use
  • Allowance for the tape recording of lectures
  • Service animals are welcomed on all Fletcher campuses and within the classroom
  • Hearing impaired students are provided with an interpreter or captionist depending on preference.
No-Show Policy
If interpreter or captionist services have been requested, and a student knows that he or she will be unable to attend class, he or she should provide Disability Services with at least 24 hours advance notice so that the service provider can be informed. In some situations, students may not be able to provide 24 hours notice, however, any advance notice is considered sufficient. Failure to provide ANY ADVANCE notice is considered a no-Show.

In order to give advance notice you can:
  • Email the Director of Counseling and Advising at angie.pellegrin@fletcher.edu
  • Contact the Director of Counseling and Advising at 985.448.7943
Failure to provide notice will result in services being automatically suspended and a letter sent to the student informing the student of the policy and appropriate procedures. Services will remain suspended until the student makes an appointment with the Director of Counseling and Advising to reinstate accommodations.
Confidentiality
Section 504 states that any information regarding a person’s disability gained from medical examinations to the appropriate post-admission investigation shall be considered confidential and shall be shared with others within the college or university on a need-to-know basis. In other words, faculty members do not need to have access to information regarding a student’s disability, only the needed accommodations that are appropriate and necessary to meet the student’s needs. Students should feel free to self-disclose if they feel that it will aid their Professor with accommodations and instruction.
Assistive Technology
  • Digital recorders are available on loan from student services.
  • the coastal commerce bank library has text to speech services on each computer and many of its database search engines contain zoom text capability.
  • Library services can order talking books from the State Library.
  • Dragonspeak software on disability services laptop.

Scholarship information for students with disabilities

student GRIEVANCES

Fletcher Technical Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, qualified disability, marital status, veteran's status, or sexual orientation in its hiring or employment practices or in admission to its programs, services, or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of its operations.

In accordance, Fletcher Technical Community College seeks fair and judicial resolution of problems student may encounter while enrolled in the institution. Therefore, the college insures informal and open access to its instructors and administrators as an avenue to address all grievances.

GRIEVANCE FORM 

Assistance needed with the grievance process can be obtained from the director of counseling and advising.

Angie pitre pellegrin, MA, lpc

1407 hwy. 311 schriever, la 70395

985-448-7943

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