Per ADA law regarding mobility devices, people with disabilities are permitted to use manual or power wheelchairs or scooters, and manually-powered mobility aids such as walkers, crutches, and canes, into all areas where members of the public are allowed to go. In addition, entities must also allow people with disabilities who use other types of power-driven mobility devices into their facilities, unless a particular type of device cannot be accommodated because of legitimate safety requirements. Where legitimate safety requirements bar accommodation for a particular type of device, the covered entity must provide the service it offers in alternate ways if possible. Please note that in some cases, the DSS office may ask for documentation of a disability to determine if a mobility device is needed due to a disability. The DSS office does not provide any mobility devices as this is the responsibility of the student. For more information about the ADA and mobility devices, please read Wheelchairs, Mobility Aids, and Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices
Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Policy
Students who require a PCA while on campus or campus housing must be registered with the Disability Support Services (DSS) office as a qualified individual with a disability and must have a disability that qualifies for the use of a PCA (medical documentation will be required). Students will be required to provide all necessary information for their PCA to DSS prior to PCA accommodation approval. A PCA is not permitted on campus/campus residence hall until approved by DSS. Student and PCA will both be required to complete/sign the PCA Policy & Agreement Form prior to final approval. This form is required to be signed by the student and PCA every semester the PCA is needed as an accommodation.
Students are encouraged to hire an impartial PCA, who is not a family member or close friend. The student is responsible for hiring, training, supervising, and paying the PCA for all related services as the PCA works directly for and is employed by, the student. As such, the PCA is not an employee or agent of CTC and is not entitled to any wage, employment benefit or other benefit bestowed upon CTC employees.
The kind of tasks a PCA performs is generally comparable to those that a family member or medical personnel would perform and will vary from person to person. Possible tasks performed by a PCA may include, but are not limited to the following:
· Providing help with activities of daily living, such as, bathing, dressing, toileting, grooming;
· Meal preparation or assistance with eating;
· Positioning or transferring to and from a wheelchair; transporting and/or escorting on campus and/or at College functions, as needed;
· Turning pages; retrieving books/supplies;
· Other personal duties, as needed.
Provide proof of a background check to DSS and Residence Hall (if applicable) or submit to a background check and complete the Personal Care Attendant Agreement each academic semester, prior to beginning work on campus.
If the PCA works for the student through an agency, a background check supplied to DSS by the agency within the past six (6) months is acceptable.
If the PCA works directly for the student, a background check will be performed by CTC at the PCA’s or student’s cost.
Be present on campus only when the student is present. The PCA is not allowed on campus if the student is not present, during holidays and/or when the college and/or residence halls are closed.
Not personally participate in academic and/or student activities (i.e. class discussions, writing papers, in or out of class assignments, providing classroom accommodations, such as note taking, or participating in campus programs and events). All actions shall be limited to performing the PCA duties for the student.
Conduct themselves in a courteous and professional manner and follow all CTC rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
PCA’s may be subject to removal from the residence hall or the CTC campus, loss of privileges or any other action the College considers appropriate in the event the College decides that the PCA has acted in a manner inconsistent with the polices above or the policies and procedures of the College.
If you have any questions, please contact the DSS office directly at 254-526-1195.
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Central Texas College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Central Texas College may also offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Central Texas College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information on SACSCOC's website (www.sacscoc.org).