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Disability Support Services

Our Mission 

Our mission in Disability Support Services (DSS) is to adapt the school’s general services to the specialized individual needs of students with disabilities, for the purpose of providing equal access to all programs and facilities.  

Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, College of The Albemarle is committed to equality of educational opportunity and ensures that no qualified person shall by reason of a disability be denied access to, participation in, or the benefits of any program or activity operated by the College. Each qualified person shall receive reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to educational opportunities, programs, and activities.

Disability Support Services Student Handbook

How to Request Services

You may request reasonable accommodations by registering with your campus Disability Support Representative. Please complete a Request for Accommodations and submit documentation of the disability (as defined by the ADA and Section 504) by a qualified professional. Please allow reasonable time (4 weeks) for some accommodations to be implemented.

Requests for accommodation without documentation will be kept on file for one year. In the event of a year or more lapse in enrollment, you will need to submit a new request and in some cases updated documentation.

The documentation should include:

  1. A current diagnostic statement identifying the disability
  2. The date of the current diagnostic evaluation
  3. The date of the original diagnosis
  4. A description of the diagnostic criteria and/or the diagnostic test used
  5. A description of the current functional impact
  6. All treatments, medications, assistive devices/services currently prescribed or in use
  7. The credentials of the diagnosing professional
  8. A description of expected progression or stability of the impact of the disability over time
  9. Professional recommendations regarding accommodations and services.

During this process you and your support representative will develop an accommodation plan based on documentation and individual needs. Educational Accommodation Notices will be provided for you. You will be responsible for notifying instructors of the desire to utilize accommodations.

Complete your request online
Print and complete a request by hand

For more documentation information on various disability types, select from the following:

Learning Disabilities (LD)
Medical/Mobility/Sensory Impairments
Psychiatric/Psychological Disorders
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders

Disability Support Representatives by Campus

Elizabeth City Campus & Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center
Pauline Younger
Special Populations Coordinator
AE 138
(252) 335-0821 x 2277
Fax: (252) 335-2011

Edenton-Chowan Campus
Shirley Blount
Office 505
(252) 482-7900 x 6011
Fax: (252) 482-7999

Dare Campus
Katie Cross
Office 109 (A)
(252) 473-2264 x 7011
Fax: (252) 473-5497

Dual Enrolled High School Students

The requirements and procedures relating to disability services differ between public schools (K12) and college. The Disability Support Services Coordinator, student, parent, and high school 504 Coordinator or IEP Chairperson will develop an Educational Accommodation Plan based on sufficient documentation and individual needs. Educational Accommodation Notices will inform instructors of the appropriate accommodation for each student.
High School and Post Secondary Disability Services Compared

Release of Confidential Information

Please provide the Release of Confidential Information form to doctors, schools, or other agencies who need to release information.

Assistive Technology

We offer a variety of assistive technologies to help you access all of the learning opportunities available at the college. Available Assistive Technologies:

  • Zoom Text Version 9 - Magnifier (enlarges screen) and Reader (reads back information on the computer)
    • Elizabeth City Learning Resource Center (Computer: EC LRC 03)
    • Academic Support Center C139 (Computer: ec-c139-lab-13)
    • Dare Learning Resource Center
    • Chowan Administrative Building Learning Center (Computer: CH LC 11)
  • Jaws Version 8 -  Screen Reader (software that reads material on the screen for you - includes punctuation)
    • Elizabeth City Campus C139

Appeals Procedure

If you feel that you received an accommodation that was not appropriate or that you received unfair or improper treatment regarding a disability, you or your instructor should address the problem informally through discussion with your campus Disability Support Representative. Your representative may schedule a meeting with the individuals involved to resolve the concern. 

If the concern is not resolved satisfactorily, a formal appeal may be submitted in writing to the Vice President, Student Success and Enrollment Management or designee. In order to ensure a prompt resolution, the appeal must be submitted as soon as possible and no later than ten college working days after the alleged improper treatment occurred. The appeal must be dated and signed and must include the following:

  1. A detailed description of the alleged improper treatment;
  2. An identification of the person, policy, or procedure against whom or what the appeal is filed;
  3. An explanation of the steps taken in an effort to resolve the appeal at the informal level; and
  4. A description of the instructor's or student's idea of a satisfactory resolution.

The Disability Support Services Committee will hear the concern, determine a resolution and provide written notification of the findings and resolution to all involved parties within three college working days.

You may make a written appeal to the Vice President, Student Success and Enrollment Management within five working days of receiving the resolution from the Disability Support Services Committee. The Vice President’s decision will be final.

We Look Forward to Serving You!

The office of Disability Support Services is here to help you access your educational opportunities, programs and activities! We welcome your questions and feedback. Feel free to stop by our offices or call to schedule an appointment.

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