Disability Services

         

Mission Statement:

Disability Services provides assistance to all qualified students with disabilities, whether they are physical, psychiatric or educational. You are required to register with the office and identify your needs in order to be eligible for academic adjustments. All services are based on individual needs. We are here to help you reach your academic goals.

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Contact Information

Building 10, Room 10424
Disability Services Phone: 937-512-5113
Public Videophone: 937-701-6784

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Eligibility for Service

A qualified person with a disability is someone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more life activities, who with or without accommodations, can meet the essential requirements for participation in a program.

Qualified individuals eligible for disability services need to produce required documentation of their disability and self identify their need for accommodations.

Application Process

Students requesting services should contact Sinclair's Department of Disability Services (DDS) to obtain Disability Verification Forms.

Once documentation materials have been received and reviewed, the student will be contacted by DDS to schedule an intake interview. The intake interview is designed to discuss services that students are eligible to receive based on documentation reviewed.

All documents submitted are placed in a confidential file and will not be returned or forwarded to any agency or other college/university.

Confidentiality

Disability documentation is collected and maintained separate from the student's college record and is kept in secure files by the DDS. Records are maintained for five years after a student's last date of attendance. After five years of non-attendance at Sinclair, records will be destroyed in a confidential manner.

Information regarding a student's disability is shared on a limited confidential need-to-know basis and then only when there is a compelling reason for such disclosure. This may mean sharing with faculty only the information that a student has a documented disability and need for accommodations.

Services Provided

DDS staff, students and instructors work as a team to provide reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids and support services based on documentation, functional limitations and an assessment of needs. DDS does not guarantee to meet personal preference requests, but rather ensures that reasonable academic accommodations and auxiliary aids will be provided. DDS does not provide personal assistance or equipment (i.e. homework assistance, typing, personal laptops or personal aides.) 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who qualifies for disability services?

Sinclair is committed to serving all students with disabilities as defined by federal regulations. The federal definition of a disability includes a person who:

  1. has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities.
  2. has a record of such impairment, or
  3. is regarded as having such impairment.

The determination of whether an individual has a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is not based upon the diagnosis of the impairment, but rather upon the impact of that impairment on the life of the individual.

What kind of documentation is needed?

Documentation should have information about current functional limitations and the specific impact on learning. Prospective students should use the linked Disability Verification Forms or pick them up from the DDS. These forms must be completed by a qualified professional and faxed or mailed to DDS. Walk-ins are also welcomed to drop off documentation.

Does the student have to disclose their disability to anyone at Sinclair?

No, however, if they want to receive academic accommodations, and/or auxiliary aids they must identify themselves to the DDS and provide documentation of the disability. Accommodations and services cannot be provided retroactively.

What is the purpose of disability accommodations?

There are no special classes/programs designated for students with disabilities. The purpose of the accommodations is to provide each student with equal access to the information and course content. Given these accommodations, a student who is otherwise qualified should be able to be successful within the context of a normal classroom setting.

Does the DDS test for learning disabilities and/or ADD/ADHD?

No, however, a list of community resources for this service can be obtained from our office.

Can the student request an accommodation directly from my professor without first meeting with the DDS?

Individual instructors have no obligation to accommodate a student until they are approved for services by DDS.