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, Disability Services operates within the Counseling and Career Services office. 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 impairment, 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:
- Student is to submit the Disability Services Intake Form and documentation of disability to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Staff will review submitted information and contact the student to request additional documentation if needed or to schedule a disability services initial interview.
- Student will then complete a disability services initial interview with a staff member. The interview is an opportunity for the student and staff to discuss the student’s history, barriers, and how those barriers impact school, and potential accommodations to eliminate those barriers. The staff will either approve or deny accommodations. If approved, staff will review 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. Information that reflects a history of disability and accommodations will be reviewed 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.
- Notice of Nondiscrimination
Midlands Technical College does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs or employment on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnic group, color, age, religion, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, military service, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions including but not limited to lactation, or any other category protected by applicable law. In compliance with all federal and state laws, including Section 35.107 of the Department of Justice regulations, 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), the South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act of 2018 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.
Student inquiries or complaints should be directed to Mr. Ian A. MacLean in his position as Chief Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator. He can be reached at Midlands Technical College, P.O. Box 2408, Columbia, SC 29202, by telephone at 803.822.3204, or email at email@example.com.
Faculty and staff inquiries or complaints should be directed to Nicole B. Edwards, Assistant Director of Human Resource Management /Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer, at 803.822.3050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Counseling and Career Services
Airport Campus, ASC Suite 237
Beltline Campus, BSC Suite 239