Answer: Disability Services (DS) is a department at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi under the Division of Student Engagement and Success, that is dedicated to providing services to students with documented permanent or temporary disabilities. Our goal is to ensure equal access to all university programs. Our functions include but are not limited to proctoring tests, providing adaptive technology demonstrations, orientations, and consulting with university faculty and staff on disability-related matters.
Answer: As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a disability is a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities. If any of the following exist: a mental or physical condition, a history of such a condition, or a condition which may be considered by others as substantially limiting, then you may have a legally defined disability.
Answer: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, defines a major life activity as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.
Answer: When applying to TAMUCC, prospective students need to work with the Office of Admissions & Records and follow their guidelines. There are no special admissions procedures. However, a student can apply to the Educational Testing Services for accommodation considerations when taking standardized tests, such as the SAT or ACT. Contact the Educational Testing Services for further information. Address for: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Division of Participation and Success The Center for College Readiness P.O. Box 12788 Austin, TX 78711–2788 Registration with the DS office is a seperate procedure. Please contact the office for more information. Address for: Disability Services Texas A&M University Corpus Christi 6300 Ocean Drive, 116 Corpus Christi Hall, Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5717 Main Office: 361.825.5816
Answer: If you suspect that you have a disability that is impacting your academic performance, you will need to provide appropriate documentation of that disability from a qualified professional to the Disability Services Office (DS). The qualified professional must be licensed or certified to diagnose the disability in question. Documentation is required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in order to provide requested academic accommodations. An appointment for an intake should be scheduled with the DS office in order to go over the documentation and determine which accommodations are appropriate.
Answer: Acceptable documentation must reflect the following:
Answer: Academic accommodations include, but are not limited to, testing accommodations, adaptive technology services, and assistance in arranging other support services (e.g., interpreters, notetakers, scribes, and readers).
Answer: While the IEP is a valuable resource of information, it cannot be used as documentation of the disability. Click HERE for information on the differences between High School IDEA and Post Secondary Education Section 504.
Answer: Students who are 18 years old or older are legally recognized as adults. As such, each student is responsible for his or her own accommodation requests and disability–related decisions. However, students are encouraged to have open communication with parents or other significant family members.
Answer: Students with physical disabilities are encouraged to register with the DS Office for support and advocacy with access to buildings and other university activities. Please contact the DS office for more information.
Answer: If you have a DARS counselor in your hometown, you are encouraged to have your home counselor contact DARS in Corpus Christi so that services can be provided through the local office. The telephone number to the Corpus Christi DARS office is 361.878.1200.
Answer: If you have a DBS counselor in your home town, you are encouraged to have your home counselor contact DS to provide information about your accessibility needs. If you don’t have a hometown DBS counselor, contact the DBS office in Corpus Christi at 361.289.1128.
Answer: DS provides the following assurances: