Access and Accommodations Office

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Access and Accommodations Office is to provide for the educational development of students with disabilities through advocacy and assistance and an increasingly accessible and supportive campus environment.

We are committed to providing students with disabilities with the physical facilities and academic environment that will enable them to reach their academic goals.

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which became effective January 26, 1992, requires that individuals with disabilities be afforded equal opportunity in the areas of public services and programs, employment, transportation, and communications. Prior to this federal legislation, the College has been subject to similar provisions under Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. However, the ADA defines disabilities more broadly and mandates more concerted efforts to provide reasonable accommodations  and access to services and programs.

What is a Disability?

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act a disability is defined as:

a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

Disability Rights

Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the recently enacted Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 have greatly facilitated the expansion of services for individuals with disabilities in post secondary educational settings.

Section 504 provides that no otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United

States...shall solely by reason of his/her handicap be excluded in the participation in, be denied the benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

The ADA, which uses the term disability instead of handicap, extends civil rights protection to people with disabilities.

Neither Section 504 or the ADA are meant to protect individuals with disabilities from the consequences of their behavior or to make available to them programs and services for which they are not otherwise qualified.

These legislative acts are meant to aid  in the removal of physical, attitudinal and programmatic barriers to services and education for individuals with disabilities.

Documentation

In order to receive services, students must supply appropriate documentation to the Access and Accommodations Office. Documentation should include a psycho-educational evaluation including an ADULT intelligence test (WAIS III or IV) and an achievement test: WOODCOCK JOHNSON III or the WIAT III. Please include a medical diagnosis as well as your Psycho-Educational evaluation for ADHD. In cases where documentation is incomplete, the student may be asked to provide additional information.

The submission of documentation does not activate services or accommodations. Students should make an appointment at the beginning of each semester to discuss their needs.  Faculty members will then be notified of the  appropriate accommodations.   

Students with disabilities are protected by privacy and confidentiality policies. Specific information regarding the type of disability will not be given to any faculty member unless specifically requested by the student.

Resources

Contact us:
Dr. Lauren Greiner, Program Coordinator via Jessica Cordero
Telephone: (914) 251-6030   e-mail: Jessica.Cordero@purchase.edu   Fax (914) 251-6034

The Vice President for Student Affairs serves as the ADA 504 Compliance Officer:              Ernie Palmieri, Vice President for Student Affairs/Associate Provost for Integrative Learning
Student Services Building, Room 323
(914) 251-6030

SERVICES AND RESOURCES

INFORMATION, REFERRALS, LIAISON AND ADVOCACY --The Office of Special Services will assist in your interactions with faculty, staff and community agencies.

PRE-ENROLLMENT PLANNING -- Make an appointment with the Access and Accommodations Office to determine whether the College can meet your needs and how to get the most of your college experience.

SUPPORT GROUPS --Groups are available for support.

ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATIONS --The Access and Accommodations Office liaises with professors regarding appropriate academic accommodations for students with disabilities. With your permission, the Access and Accommodations Office will send a letter to your professors at the beginning of every semester, informing them that you are registered with the office and stating the specific accommodations being requested. Be sure to make an appointment before the start of each semester to discuss your individual needs.

TRANSPORTATION -- The Department of Parking and Transportation operates a paratransit van service. Individuals with temporary disabilities may also use the paratransit service.

NOTETAKERS -- Volunteer and paid notetakers are utilized to assist students unable to take notes.

INTERPRETERS -- Students can receive assistance in locating interpreters through the Office of Special Services.

ADAPTIVE  EQUIPMENT -- Students may borrow some equipment on a short-term loan basis, such as tape  recorders, and an FM amplification system.  Reading machines are available in the Learning Center.

TEST MODIFICATION/PROCTORING -- If you are eligible for testing modifications such as extended time, a reader, a scribe, or a different testing site you will need to work with the Access and Accommodations Office to coordinate these services with faculty. The procedures will be explained and you will be given guidelines.

 ACCESSIBILITY -- The Access and Accommodations Office staff continually seek to identify and remove physical or programmatic barriers that impede the progress of individuals with disabilities.


ACCOMMODATION PROCEDURES FOR ONLINE COURSES

Students with Disabilities requesting accommodations for Online Courses.

STUDENT QUALIFICATION FOR ACCOMMODATIONS.

There are several steps involved in the qualification process for accommodations at Purchase College. The main steps in this process include:

1. The Student Notifies the Access and Accommodations Office about his or her disability.

When students want to receive accommodations at Purchase College, they need to notify the Access and Accommodations Office of their disability. To contact the Access and Accommodations Office please contact Dr. Lauren Greiner via Jessica Cordero by telephone at (914) 251-6030 or e-mail Jessica.Cordero@purchase.edu.

2. The Student Completes An Application Packet.

After the student has notified the Access and Accommodations Office of his or her disability, a special services advisor will send the student an application packet. In addition to completing the application, the student is required to provide diagnosing information to the Access and Accommodations Office. The student needs to submit a recent psycho-educational evaluation including an ADULT Intelligence test (WAIS III OR IV) and an Achievement Test: Woodcock Johnson III or the WIAT III. Please include a medical diagnosis as well as your psycho-education evaluation for ADHD. In cases where further documentation is needed the student may be asked to provide additional information.

3. A Disability Services Advisor prepares a Professor Notification Form.

Once the completed application and the diagnosing information are received in the Access and Accommodations Office, the student’s access and accommodations advisor will draw up a professor notification form. This form details the accommodations that will be implemented and is e-mailed to the student’s professors.

Accommodations can only be negotiated between the student and the access and accommodations advisor. Once the accommodation agreement is established, it cannot be changed or renegotiated by the student. Effective communications between the professor and the student is integral to the success of the process.

National Voter Registration Act (NVRA)

The Access and Accommodations Office is a National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) voter registration site.

 

A student may also register to vote at the Access and Accommodations Office or online at the NVRA site:  http://www.elections.state.ny.us/NVRA.html