Disability Services

Midlands Technical College works to make sure its programs, services, and activities are accessible to all otherwise qualified students, in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA).  At Midlands Technical College, the Disability Services office operates within the larger Counseling and Career Services office.  Disability Services offices are located on both the Airport and Beltline Campuses. Disability Services works with faculty and staff of the college to provide equal access to the college’s educational programs, services, and courses on a case by case basis.

Services are available to students who have disabilities including, but not limited to, blindness, visual impairment, deafness, hearing impairments, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, medical conditions, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD), head and spinal cord injuries, and psychological disabilities.

Students who require accommodations on the College Placement Test must contact Disability Services to make the request.

Need to Request an Accommodation?

It is the student’s responsibility to self-disclose as a student with a disability and to request accommodations through Disability Services.  A student’s initial request for accommodations should preferably occur prior to the beginning of a program or course, but can be requested at any time. Accommodations are not retroactive.

The request for accommodations is an interactive process that occurs between the student and the staff of Disability Services. There are three steps to the process:

  1. Student must complete and submit Disability Services Intake Form
  2. Submit documentation of disability (see guidelines below)
  3. Complete a Disability Services Initial Interview with a Disability Services Coordinator. The interview is an opportunity for the student and the Disability Services Coordinator to discuss the student’s history, barriers, and how those barriers impact school, and potential accommodations to eliminate those barriers.

Once this process is complete, the staff of Disability Services will either approve or deny accommodations. If a student is approved, he or she will then complete the Disability Services Orientation with a Disability Services Coordinator which includes information about how to use his or her specific accommodations, explaining policies and procedures, discussing rights and responsibilities of the student and the college, and reviewing the Faculty Notification Process.
If a student would like to appeal the decision made by the staff of Disability Services, he or she may do so by completing the standard Disability Services Appeals Process.

Documentation Guidelines

Current information regarding the student’s diagnosis or diagnoses, substantial functional limitations on major life activity (such as learning, reading, writing, hearing, seeing, etc.), and recommendations for accommodations is very helpful when determining reasonable accommodations. Any information completed by a qualified professional and submitted by a student as supporting documentation for a student’s request will be considered. Information that reflects history of disability and accommodations is also helpful, but may require additional current documentation to supplement it.  Examples of valid documentation include, but are not limited to:

  • Disability Services Standard Documentation Form
  • Formal Psychological-Educational Evaluation
  • Medical Evaluation/Assessment
  • A letter written by a qualified professional outlining diagnosis, limitations, and suggested accommodations
  • Documentation of Accommodations and Services from High School (such as an Individualized Educational Plan, 504 Documentation, Summary of Performance, Transition Plan)
  • Documentation of Accommodations and Services from another College or University

Questions about appropriate documentation should be referred to Disability Services Staff on either Airport or Beltline campus.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Midlands Technical College does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs or employment on the basis of race, sex, national origin or ethnic group, color, age, religion, disability, genetic information, gender, military service, pregnancy or other category protected by applicable law. In compliance with all federal and state laws, including the Age Discrimination Act of 1967, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992 as well as the ADA Amendments of 2008 (ADAA), and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), Midlands Technical College offers access and equal opportunity in its admissions policies, academic programs and services, and employment of disabled individuals in that no otherwise qualified person will be denied these provisions on the basis of a disability. Midlands Technical College also prohibits retaliation against any person for bringing a complaint of discrimination or for participating in an investigation of a complaint of discrimination.   Mr. Ian A. MacLean has been designated to coordinate compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements contained in Section 35.107 of the Department of Justice regulations, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI and Title VII and Title IX regulations. Information concerning the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the rights and privileges thereunder are available from Mr. Ian A. MacLean in his position as Director of Internal Audit and Risk Management and the Chief Compliance Officer for Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Sexual Harassment, Disability Action and the Title IX Coordinator. He can be reached at Midlands Technical College, P.O. Box 2408, Columbia, SC 29202, 803.822.3204,macleani@midlandstech.edu.

Contact Us

Need more information about disability resources?

Counseling and Career Services

Airport Campus, ASC Suite 237
803.822.3505

Beltline Campus, BSC Suite 239
803.738.7636

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