What We Do
- Provide equal access and opportunity for all academic programs and campus activities for students with disabilities at UTTC
- Work with students to coordinate services with other campus
- Offer guidance and support to students
- Provide services in a confidential and culturally appropriate manner
- Work with students to coordinate services with other campus resources to arrange appropriate and reasonable class accommodations
- Encourage self-advocacy for students with disabilities
- Work with students who may have not yet been diagnosed and are in need of support, resources, or a referral
- Refer students to local agencies based on individual needs
- Follow rules outlined in Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and other applicable federal and state regulations that prohibit discrimination based on disability
Students wishing to be considered for accommodations that are offered through the Wellness Center must complete the following steps:
Complete Intake Form
Once enrolled at UTTC, students need to self-disclose that they have a disability and begin the registration process with the Health and Wellness Department by completing an Intake Form with a Wellness Counselor.
- The intake form will need to be filled out completely, signed and dated.
- The intake form will only need to be filled out once.
- It is the responsibility of the student to make his or her disability and needs to be known in a timely fashion.
Provide documentation of disability
Students must provide documentation (from within five years) from a licensed professional/ and or doctor.
- If a student does not have a copy of their record, a Release of Information form needs to be signed so a copy can be obtained by the Health and Wellness Department.
- Acceptable documentation could be your most recent psychological evaluation, psycho-educational evaluation, school records such as Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs) or medical report/ medical record from a physician that clearly states a diagnosis and gives suggestions for appropriate accommodations. Social Security disability document(s) may be considered.
Maintain contact with a Wellness Counselor during the semester
Once your registration process is complete and you are determined eligible for services, you may request academic accommodations. Our Wellness staff will work collaboratively with other UTTC staff to develop appropriate and reasonable accommodations. After which, the student will receive an Accommodations Letter.
- Students will be responsible for giving a copy of the Accommodations Letter to each of their instructors, preferably during their scheduled office hours.
- Students will have to work with Wellness staff to update their accommodations each semester as their class schedule changes.
- Students will need to maintain contact with a Wellness Counselor.
- Accommodations will not go into effect until the student delivers the Accommodations Letter to each faculty member of their class schedule and meets with them to make the practical arrangements for each accommodation.
- Accommodations are not retroactive.
Possible Accommodation Examples:
- We provide a testing location for students that can include assistive technology, extended time, and/or reduced distraction accommodations based on individual needs.
- Accessible classroom/location/furniture/dorms
- Alternative ways of completing assignments (i.e., oral presentation versus written paper)
- Assistive computer and/or listening devices and technology
- Auxiliary aids and services (note takers, lab or library assistants, readers, interpreters)
- Captions for film and video material (if available) and recorded lectures
- Document conversion (alternative print format: Braille, large print, tape, electronics, raised lettering)