The ADA/Disability Services Office at Georgia Northwestern Technical College is committed to working with students to assist with program accessibility and academic accommodations that may be necessary and appropriate due to students’ disabilities. Students who have a physical or mental impairment, as defined by the Americans Disability Act, which substantially limits one or more major life activities, are eligible for services. For more information visit: http://www.ada.gov/pubs/adastatute08.htm#12102
- Read Suggestions for Success from Faculty for recommendations of Best Study Practices, Ways to Study for an Exam, Things to do in Class, Best Resources and more!
- View our Transition Checklist for tips on transitioning to Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
- Complete the Barrier/Access Alert Form if you have any issues regarding accessibility for a disability.
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, and The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, provides the foundation for equal access for students with disabilities. Under this law, qualified individuals with disabilities are defined as persons with a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities. Major life activities include caring for one's self, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working, performing manual tasks, and learning. Some examples of impairments which may substantially limit major life activities, even with the help of medication or aids/devices, are: AIDS, alcoholism, blindness or visual impairment, cancer, deafness or hearing impairment, diabetes, drug addiction, heart disease and mental illness. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 furthers civil rights of persons with disabilities by mandating equal education opportunity. Georgia Northwestern Technical College is directed by these laws to serve students with disabilities.
A person with a disability is any person who:
- has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more life activities including walking, talking, seeing, hearing, breathing, learning, and working
- has a record of such an impairment
- is regarded as having such impairments
Some common disabilities are:
- Visual Impairments
- Deaf or Hard of Hearing
- Orthopedic/Mobility Disorders
- Psychiatric/Psychological Disabilities
- Specific Learning Disabilities
- Acquired Brain Injury
Some accommodations or services include:
- Individualized Classroom Accommodation Form
- Extended time for class/work projects/test
- Preferred seating in classrooms
- Permission to audio record classroom lectures
- Tutoring Services
- Sign language interpreters
- Volunteer note-takers
- Magnification software
- Other assistive technology
- Referral to agencies serving people with disabilities
To be eligible for these services students must:
- Self-identify at the ADA/Disability Services office on the appropriate campus.
- Participate in an intake interview to determine suitable accommodations.
- Provide appropriate documentation of the disability which supports accommodation requests.
- Meet all admission’s requirements to be admitted to Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
- Meet all requirements to be admitted in the Program of Study of your choice.
- Request classroom accommodations each semester.
- Understand that other student services (Financial Aid, Admissions, Career etc.) are the responsibility of the student
- Adhere to the Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook.
Laws and regulations governing services provided to students in secondary education and students in post-secondary education differ. In college, it is the student's responsibility to self-disclose and complete all paperwork required by the ADA/Disability Services Office in order to receive support. For more information please read: Comparison of Services in High School and College
Accommodations are determined on an individual basis, documentation provided, and the interview with the student. The intake interview, documentation review, and arrangements for accommodations can be a lengthy process. Students are encouraged to apply for services early to ensure that accommodations will be in place once classes begin.
Please refer to Complaint Resolution or Appeals page for more information.
All disability documentation and information is confidential between the student and Disability Services staff but may be disclosed on need-to-know emergency circumstances.
Who Is Eligible?
Students requesting services must provide official documentation to support the evidence of the disabling, limiting, or impairing conditions. The documentation should describe diagnosis, characteristics of the disability, as well as functional limitations for a college environment. Eligibility determination will be based on the degree (if any) to which the disability will affect a student's program of study and participation.
The primary form of service delivery will be Accommodation Letters, which will describe recommended accommodations. The student is responsible for requesting services and delivering an Accommodation Letter to each faculty member the student is taking a class with each semester.
Instructors do not supply accommodations to a student who has not followed the procedures of self-identifying, providing appropriate documentation, and providing an Accommodation Letter from the ADA/DS office.
Students with disabilities requesting accommodations must contact the ADA/Disability Services Coordinator and set an appointment to meet with a Disability Services staff member to begin the documentation approval and accommodation process. Please contact the ADA/Disability Services office at the campus location you plan to attend: