PARENT INFORMATION AND STUDENTS’ LEGAL RIGHTS
Parents may only request basic office information about the policies and procedures regarding the process of how students may request accommodations for their college courses. Parents may NOT request accommodations and/or services on behalf of their son and/or daughter for college level courses. The STUDENT must submit the appropriate documentation of disability and request accommodations (Brown Mackie College, and Texas Southern University No. 06-02-2078 OCR 12/06/2002). Per FERPA, before a college may disclose any information it must first have written consent by the student authorizing types of disclosure. (34 CFR 99.30(b). Under FERPA regulations, a written consent only permits a college to provide some information, it does not require action on the part of the DSS office or college (Brown Mackie College, OCR ruling). These written consents do not entitle parents to actively participate in the DSS office process on behalf of their son and/or daughter. Central Texas College is not obligated to write accommodations when the student has not requested accommodations from the DSS office. OCR (Office of Civil Rights) has concluded that “it stands to reason that if the student objects to, refuses offers of accommodations, or denies the need for accommodations, the institution is not obligated to act on parent’s assertions of student’s needs (Northwestern Michigan College No. 15-02-2047 OCR 02/10/2003). *OCR has ruled that students should initiate the process, be active participants in the accommodation process and have direct interaction/contact with the DSS Coordinator. These policies apply to all CTC students, including dual credit, STEM, and early college high school students, as these students are enrolled in college level courses.

 

Equal Access at CTC

Through collaboration and support of the entire campus community, Disability Support Services (DSS) provides educational access for students who submit appropriate disability documentation. Students with disabilities are encouraged to visit with a disability support coordinator to discuss documentation requirements and any reasonable accommodation options for your classes.
To qualify for accommodations through DSS, students must have a qualifying disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ADA defines a person with a disability as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. Major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working. A major life activity also includes the operation of a major bodily function, including but not limited to, functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.
Please note that there are MANY significant differences between secondary (K-12th grade) and post-secondary (college) disability laws and accommodations for disability students. 
  • It is the student's responsibility to be aware of and understand these differences, which are explained in the comparison chart: Differences between High School and College Accommodations for Students with Disabilities located under the Student Responsibilities webpage. Students may also access this chart by clicking on the following link: Comparison Chart - HS vs College.
In addition, DSS strongly encourages students to read the following manuals/guides: 
*Students are responsible for following all the required procedures for requesting accommodations.
  • Procedures for requesting accommodations can be found under the “Requesting Accommodations” webpage and "Instructions: DSS e-Forms for Requesting Accommodations (New Students)" webapge
*Students are responsible for reading and adhering to all the policies set forth in the DSS Student Procedures Manual and set forth on the DSS website/webpages.
Contact Information, Location and Service Hours:
For more information, please call the DSS Office at 254-526-1195 or students may contact one of the DSS Coordinators listed below. Students located outside of the service area may contact a DSS Coordinator directly or speak with your site director for assistance in contacting Disability Support Services.
Ron Porter
DSS Coordinator
254-526-1822
ron.porter@ctcd.edu
Wilma Brown-Smith
DSS Coordinator
254-526-1863
wbrown@ctcd.edu
We are located on the Central Campus in Systems Services Building (Bldg. 111, Room 207). Students attending the central or Fort Hood campuses may visit with a DSS Coordinator during the following hours: Monday-Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm. or Friday: 8:00am - 11:00am
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Central Texas College does not discriminate in admissions or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran’s status, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity.