Overview of Disability Services

Eligible students include those who are enrolled in degree and non-degree programs offered by Jones County Junior College, are considered qualified to meet all college program requirements despite a disability, and meet the definition of disability as defined by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the ADA. The definition of disability includes any person who"...has a physical, emotional, or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of life's major activities; has a record of disability or is regarded as having a disability." (P.L. 101-136) In determining if a student is qualified to meet all program requirements, the college must base its decision on the skills, interests, and aptitudes of a student and not on presumptions that would arbitrarily exclude a student from participation in a program or activity.

In order to receive reasonable accommodations for a disability, students must file an application with ODA and provide current documentation of a disability. After an application is filed, students schedule an appointment with the ODA Director and establish a plan for reasonable accommodations and services. ODA may perform a substantive review of, and explore alternatives to requested accommodations. Accommodation plans are reviewed and updated each semester. Students are expected to follow ODA procedures for using services and to maintain regular contact with the Director so that progress can be monitored and accommodations adjusted whenever appropriate.

Reasonable accommodations are designed to ensure that students have equal opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to students without disabilities. Students are responsible for procuring or paying for services related to personal use and study.

Any request that imposes a fundamental alteration to the course, or compromises the learning objectives of the course may be refused.

For examples of reasonable accommodations and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the ODA's Accommodations and Answers page.