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Disability Documentation

Federal law (Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) established the rights of individuals with disabilities. Gateway Technical College is committed to compliance with all applicable federal laws and regulations regarding the provision of academic accommodations to provide equal educational opportunity for all. In accordance with federal and state regulations, disability-related information will be treated in a confidential manner.

In order to document the disability of the student and the accommodations necessary, here is a summary of the following information generally needed from a licensed profession (such as a doctor, psychologist, or psychiatrist). For more specific information, see the specific disability area.

  1. Diagnosis of your disability. (If the disability is a learning or psychological disability, we will need the DSM classification.)
  2. The impact of your disability on your ability to learn and participate in classroom activities.
  3. Strategies the teacher will need to implement in order to facilitate learning in the classroom, as well as the accommodations needed.
  4. Prognosis for the disability and its expected duration.

It is critical to note that for accommodations to occur, all documentation must be on file. Information that is written on prescription blanks in not acceptable. Letters must be written on letterhead. Please bring or mail a copy of this information to your DSS instructors on your campus so they can meet to discuss your educational needs.

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