The Accessibility Resources Office Mission Statement
The Accessibility Resources Office (ARO) serves the College in creating a learning/living environment that is inclusive of and accessible to students with disabilities. ARO partners with students, faculty, and staff to identify pathways of access and elimination of barriers to academic and student-life activities and facilities, so that all students have full benefit of the College offerings. With a philosophy of student self-awareness and self-advocacy, ARO provides accommodations, services and assistive technologies that promote student independence to address individual needs.
The services provided or coordinated for students with disabilities include testing accommodations, note-takers, alternate format texts, assistive technology support, interpreters, academic coaching, facilities access, and housing related accommodations.
ARO also provides consultative services to faculty/staff, tutors, and community organizations involved in the education of students with disabilities.
The Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Program works to ensure that students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing have full access to every aspect of campus. Qualified interpreters and note-takers are provided for classes and conferences, as well as student club activities, athletics, and cultural events.
Eligibility for Accommodations
To be determined eligible for reasonable accommodative services, students must provide the college with disability documentation records. Documentation records include copies of psychological test reports, IEP’s, and/or physician’s reports. Eligible students work with an Accessibility Specialist to determine reasonable academic accommodations, receive instruction in specific academic skills, identify learning and study strategies, review academic advisement/planning, and develop self-advocacy skills. Eligible students may arrange for testing accommodations, readers, note-takers, tutors and assistive technology through the ARO.
Students who suspect they have a learning disability or attention deficit disorder can meet with an Accessibility Specialist to discuss individual situations. Based upon an initial interview and screening, students who are in need of evaluation may be eligible for an on-campus diagnostic assessment. If a disability is discovered, the student may be eligible to access reasonable accommodations.
ARO is located on the lower level of the Library, L017. For appointments and information, call +1 (607) 778-5150, VP +1 (607) 238-2714 or email email@example.com