BridgeValley is invested in full compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act signed into law in 1990. Disability Services ensures that the programs and facilities of the college are accessible to all students.
BridgeValley focuses on the student as an individual. The college strives to provide equal opportunity and full integration into the campus environment, physical accessibility and the provision of reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids and services to students. BridgeValley has available a full time Disability Services Counselor to meet one-on-one with students to determine the necessary accommodations.
Disability Services is offered through Student Services. Students who are inquiring information on these services should speak to the Disability Services Counselor in office 032G Main or may call 304.205.6725. The most common accommodations offered at BridgeValley are, but not limited to:
- Extended Test Time
- Note Takers
- Recording of Class Lectures
- Priority Seating
- Waiver of Attendance Policy
- Test in Private
- Test Reader/Writer
- Use of Laptop
- Temporary Accommodations
- Auxiliary Aids
- Digital Recorder
- Reader/Transcription Software
DISABILITY SERVICE COUNSELOR RESPONSIBILITY:
- Review your documentation with you
- Go over your goals at BridgeValley
- Review the process for registering for classes, obtaining tutoring and using BridgeValley IT services
- Discuss appropriate accommodations
- Complete needed forms
- Provide a copy of the Disability Services Student Handbook
- Schedule a follow up appointment
- Meet with each of your instructors and sign the instructor’s copy of the accommodation letter. It is also encouraged to have the instructor sign the student’s copy of the accommodation letter.
- Review Disability Services policies and procedures.
- Communicate regularly with each of your faculty members about your accommodations, specifically extended test time and testing in private.
- Check in with the Student Services Specialist often to give updates on your progress.
Faculty should encourage students to utilize accommodations. If a student is doing poorly in the classroom and they are not using their accommodations, you may advise the student to speak to the Disability Services Counselor or the faculty may notify the Disability Services Counselor so the counselor may iniate a meeting with the student.
- Have students sign off on their accommodation letters as soon as possible.
- Complete test proctoring form for students to take their test in private or to have extended test time.
- Communicate with the Disability Services Counselor on any issues concerning students with disabilities.
Policies and Procedures
Resources for Faculty / Staff
- Faculty and Staff Guide to Disability Services and ADA
- Faculty and Staff Training PowerPoint
- HEPC Report 2015-2016
- Adjunct Training
- Students with Disabilities Transitioning from High School to College
- D-R-U-M-S (Disability Reliance Under Mentoring Services)
- HEPC Report 2014-2015