Mid-State's Disability Services office provides academic accommodations to students with learning, sensory, emotional, or physical disabilities to ensure equal access to higher education. We work individually with students through an accommodations request process. Students who qualify for services receive the resources they need to fully participate in all aspects of learning.
Our office also works with other student support staff at the College to provide additional support as needed to help you be successful. Below are the ways the team is here to support you.
- Help you apply to college.
- Answer questions about the Accuplacer.
- Talk with you about your strengths and weaknesses.
- Help you become familiar with campus.
- Help you build study skills.
- Help you with career exploration.
Student success counselors:
- Help you manage anxiety.
- Discuss symptoms of depression.
- Talk with you about personal problems, such as relationship issues, grief, etc.
- Refer you to outside counseling.
The Disability Services coordinator:
- Talk with you about your disability.
- Discuss potential accommodations that may help you in your classes.
- Explore functional abilities of programs to identify potential barriers imposed by your disability.
- Coordinate collaborative meetings with you, your instructors, and others, e.g., Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), etc.
Advisors and student success counselors will consult with the Disability Services coordinator as needed.
Determine your first step:
- If you have received accommodations at Mid-State in the past and just need to renew or update your accommodation plan, visit our Renewing Accommodations page.
- If you are not yet diagnosed but suspect you may have a learning disability or ADD/ADHD, first visit our How to Get Tested page for information about how to arrange outside testing.
- If you have never received accommodations at Mid-State and have an already-diagnosed disability, please complete the Request Accommodations process outlined below.
- Request Accommodations
If you have never received accommodations at Mid-State and have an already-diagnosed disability, please complete the accommodations request process outlined below.
If you have received accommodations at Mid-State in the past and just need to renew or update your accommodation plan, visit our Renewing Accommodations page.
If you are not yet diagnosed but suspect you may have a learning disability or ADD/ADHD, first visit our How to Get Tested page for information about how to arrange outside testing.
STEP 1: SUBMIT ACCOMMODATIONS REQUEST FORM
You can begin the accommodations process at any time by completing the accommodations request form.
STEP 2: OBTAIN DOCUMENTATION
To qualify for academic accommodations, you must submit documentation from qualified professionals with credentials appropriate to the diagnosis. After completing the accommodations request form, you will receive an email from Disability Services outlining your next steps.
Examples of appropriate accommodations are medical records from a specialist who diagnosed the physical/medical disability, evaluation report/IEP from your high school, or letter from mental health counselor/psychiatrist. Documentation must include diagnosis, description of the diagnostic criteria and/or diagnostic test used (scores must be included), treatments, medications, assistive devices/services currently prescribed or used, and a description of expected progression or stability of the impact of the disability over time. Documentation must be on agency/clinic letterhead, with the credentials of the diagnosing professional listed.
For information on how to arrange outside testing for a learning disability or ADD/ADHD, visit our How to Get Tested page.
STEP 3: ATTEND CONSULTATION
After the accommodations request is complete and documentation submitted, you will be contacted to schedule a one-on-one consultation with the Disability Services coordinator to discuss the accommodations request. After this consultation, you will receive an accommodation plan by email. To receive your accommodations, you will forward this plan to your instructors each semester. During your first semester, your instructors will automatically receive your plan; for the following semester, you will need to provide it.
For information about the initial one-on-one consultation to discuss your accommodations and what you can expect from the Disability Services office, visit our Renewing Accommodations page.
- Use Accommodations
After presenting the accommodations plan to instructors, you then request the accommodations you need for each class (i.e., testing accommodations). You may find that you do not need accommodations for every class. Most requests can be fulfilled within three business days; however, it is recommended that you request accommodations as early as possible (four weeks before the semester begins) AND schedule specific accommodations for each class at least five (5) days before the accommodation is needed. Giving advance notice is the best way to ensure you receive your accommodations.
- Additional Resources
In addition to the approved accommodations, additional resources are available to you to assist you while at Mid-State. Examples include tutoring, time management assistance, scheduling, and counseling for personal issues. These additional resources are available to all students. Your academic advisor can help you determine what service would be most helpful for you.
- Accommodation Plan Renewal
Accommodation plans are valid for the academic year in which they are issued and can be presented to instructors for courses during the fall semester, spring semester, and through the summer semester.
To request new or additional accommodations, follow the process outlined on our Renewing Accommodations page.
- Updates or Changes to Your Current Accommodation Plan
If you feel you need to adjust your current accommodation plan, contact the Disability Services coordinator to discuss your concerns. It may be necessary to submit new documentation to support the change.
Confidentiality of Disability Information
Disclosure of any disability information will not affect a student’s enrollment status, placement into programs, classes, or financial aid. Disability records are confidential and are only accessed by Disability Services.