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Disability Services

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Who We Are:                                       
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The Disability Services (DS) office coordinates services and academic adjustments for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) students with disabilities to ensure equal access to facilities, programs, services and resources of the university. The DS office policies and procedures are in accordance with the professional best standards recommended by the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).

Who We Serve:

A student using a Perkins BraillerServices and auxiliary aids are provided to students with physical, sensory, neurological, chronic health, learning, psychological, TBI and other health impairments who qualify under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and the ADA Amendments Act. Students with temporary physical, sensory, medical, psychological, or other temporary impairments may receive services on a short-term basis.

Requesting Services:

It is the student's responsibility to:

  • Contact the Disability Services office to request academic adjustments.
  • Provide documentation to verify that the student’s condition meets the definition of a disability.
  • Complete the registration forms and meet with DS staff to conduct an intake.

Advance notice (2-3 weeks prior to the date that the requested services are needed) can help ensure that there is adequate time to review each request.  Federal Law requires that requests for services for students with disabilities be considered on an individual case-by-case basis.

Mission and Philosophy

Disability Services (DS) is committed to providing Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students with disabilities equal access and opportunity to discover, communicate, and apply knowledge and abilities. We foster a philosophy that encourages independence and assists students in realizing their academic potential. We facilitate the elimination of physical and attitudinal barriers that may encumber the academic success of a student with a disability. Our continued goal is to maintain an accessible community where students are challenged and diversity is celebrated.

Note-Taking Services   

  • Permission may be given to audio-record class lectures.
  • Volunteer note-takers are recruited to assist in     obtaining class notes.
  • Provision of note-taking paper (NCR Paper)

Examination Services

Examination services and accommodations are provided to ensure that evaluation methods represent the student’s ability rather than the disability. Dependent on the nature of the course, disability and documentation, exam accommodations may include:Students in Exam Services

  • Extended time
  • Reduced distraction area  
  • Computers for essays          
  • Readers and/or scribes
  • Alternate Format

Liaison Services

The Disability Services (DS) Staff serves as a liaison to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi faculty, staff, and administration; as well as to vocational rehabilitation agencies working with students, including:

  • Corpus Christi Area Council for the Deaf, Inc.
  • Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services, Division of Blind Services
  • Mental Health Services (MHMR)
  • Veterans Administration (VA)

Assistive Technology

Services Provided

  • User support for assistive equipment and software
  • Assistance in obtaining books on CD or in digital format
  • Assistive Technology study and training lab

Equipment and Aids

Equipment is provided for on-campus use.  All requests for auxiliary aids must be made through the DS office.

  • Assistive listening devices
  • Digital Recorders
  • TTD/TTY equipment on campus
  • UbiDuo Communication Device for Deaf/HOH
  • CCTVs (Video Magnifiers)
  • Adjustable computer workstations and chairs
  • Alternative computer input devices
  • Daisy Readers

Assistive Software

  • Students using Assistive Technology: ZoomTextText to Speech Software
  • Screen Magnification Software
  • Screen Reader Software
  • Voice Input Software
  • Note-taking Software

Other equipment and software are available as appropriate and reasonable for specific disabilities

 

 

Documentation Guidelines

It is the responsibility of the student to provide information that verifies that the student's condition meets the definition of a disability as defined by applicable laws (i.e., Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008). Federal Law requires that requests for services for students with disabilities be considered on an individual, case-by-case basis.

Sources of information used for determining a disability and/or accommodations may include a student’s self-report, direct observation and interaction with the student, and/or documentation from qualified evaluators or professionals.

Student Self-Report:

Students should complete the Application for Services, which provides students an opportunity to describe their disability and accommodations they are hoping to receive. Students may supplement the Application with an additional narrative by providing a letter that further describes their disability and/or accommodations they are requesting. Students may consider including information about their experiences related to their disability, barriers faced, and/or previous accommodations (effective or ineffective).

Documentation:
 
Disability related documentation should provide information on the functional impact of the disability so that effective accommodations can be identified. Criteria for the source, scope and content of documentation differs by disability type. Documentation may include assessments, reports, and/or letters from qualified evaluators, professionals, or institutions. Common sources of documentation are health care providers, psychologists, diagnosticians, and/or information from a previous school (e.g., accommodation agreements/letters, 504, IEP, or ARD documents).
 

Suggested Documentation Elements:

  1. Typed on letterhead, dated, and signed by a qualified professional
  2. Diagnostic Statement with any related diagnostic methodology (diagnostic criteria and/or procedures)
  3. Functional limitations or symptoms
  4. Severity and/or expected progression
  5. Current medication(s) and any related side-effects
  6. Current and/or past accommodations
  7. Any recommended accommodations

 

General grievance and Complaint Resolution procedures can be found at: http://www.tamucc.edu/marcom/complaints/ For additional grievance procedures specific for students with disabilities, please contact the Disability Services Office.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Contacting Disability Services

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Disability Services, 116 Corpus Christi Hall
6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5717
Corpus Christi, Texas 78412-5717

E-mail: disability.services@tamucc.edu

Main Office:              361-825-5816
Exam Services:         361-825-2259
Fax:                         361-825-2536

http://disabilityservices.tamucc.edu

For more information please visit the DS website:

http://disabilityservices.tamucc.edu

Or call for an appointment:
361-825-5816

 

 
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