BridgeValley is in full compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and The Americans with Disabilities Act signed into law in 1990. Accessibility 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 a full time Accessibility Services Coordinator serving both campuses
Accessibility Services is offered through Student Services. Students who are inquiring information on these services should speak to Spencer Poling, Accessibility Coordinator, 304.205.6725, 032B Building 2000 and Pathfinder Room 304
. The most common accommodations offered at BridgeValley are, but not limited to:
- Extended Test Time
- Note Takers
- Audio Recording of Class Lectures
- Priority Seating
- Waiver of Attendance Policy
- Alternate Testing Location
- Test Reader/Writer
- Use of Laptop
- Temporary Accommodations
- Auxiliary Aids
- Digital Recorder
- Reader/Transcription Software
ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES COORDINATOR 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 Accessibility 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 Accessibility 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.