The goal of Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) is to provide an optimal opportunity for success for students with disabilities without compromising the quality of instruction or the self-confidence of the learner. Students with a disability requiring accommodations must request such services through the Office of Student Services. Students with disabilities must provide documentation certifying their disabilities. The SKYCTC disability coordinator will meet with the student to assess the need and to discuss access to accommodations. The coordinator will act as the liaison between the student and the instructor and act to facilitate such reasonable accommodations as may be required. Questions should be directed to Pam Bulle by (270) 901-1202 or e-mail.
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its subsequent amendments along with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are the basis for Disability Services. Section 504(a) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states in part:
A person with a disability is defined by law as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. The definition further indicates that you are a person with a disability and entitled to protection from discrimination if you have a disability, if you have a history of disability, or if you are regarded as having a disability. Major life activities may include, but are not necessarily limited to, caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, breathing, learning, and working. Disabilities that could substantially limit a major life activity may include, but are not limited to, spinal cord injuries, cancer, psychiatric disorders, brain injuries, learning disabilities, speech impairments, visual impairments, deafness, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, loss of limbs, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and severe orthopedic injuries.
SKYCTC is committed to achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation for persons with disabilities. The mission of Disability Services is to provide and coordinate disability-related resources and support services to all students, departments, and programs of the college. The goals are to:
Disability Services helps ensure that students with disabilities receive academic adjustments and auxiliary aids, which are usually called accommodations. You are encouraged to contact Disability Services and present documentation of your disability even if you do not want to use accommodations. Disability Services can be reached at 270-901-1202 or e-mail.
If you would like to receive disability services, you must request those services separately from admission to SKYCTC. The simplified Disability Services intake process is:
You do not need to complete this process in order, but discussion of specific accommodations is often based on the courses that you are taking. You are encouraged to contact Disability Services as soon as you are aware that you will need accommodations to access courses or activities at SKYCTC. Disability Services is the college department assigned to receive documentation of your disabilities, to review that documentation in light of your accommodation requests, and recommend accommodations. Accommodations are decided on a case-by-case basis and are based on the functional limitations described in the disability documentation. You should not request accommodations directly from your instructor without first having made the request through Disability Services. Accommodations begin when the instructor receives notification from Disability Services. Accommodations are not retroactive to before the notification is delivered. Students must meet with Disability Services each semester and request accommodations each semester.
Documentation of a disability is made by a practitioner qualified to make the diagnosis and should include:
Individual Education Plans/Programs or 504 Plans from secondary education are usually insufficient to support requests for accommodations. Disability information written on a prescription pad or that is only one page in length are usually insufficient to support requests for accommodations. The college is not obligated to provide accommodations that are recommended by a practitioner or a counselor from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Students with disabilities who need assistance to evacuate the college during an emergency should notify Disability Services prior to the beginning of each semester even if they are not requesting accommodations.