Each student brings a unique set of strengths and experiences to the College, and students with disabilities are no exception. While many learn in different ways, their differences do not imply inferior capabilities.
There is no need to dilute curriculum or to reduce course requirements for students with a disabilities. However, reasonable accommodations may be needed, as well as modifications in the way information is presented and in methods of testing and evaluation. Faculty will be aided in these efforts by drawing upon the student’s own prior learning experiences, using available College and department resources and collaborating with Disability Support Services. To this end, faculty and staff are asked to assist DSS in making and documenting the appropriate academic adjustments, which will assist in our accountability efforts.
DSS Faculty and Staff Resource Guide - This resource guide is a tool to assist faculty and staff to respond to students who may be eligible to receive reasonable accommodations under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act (ADAAA) of 2008. The ADAAA has jurisdiction over any postsecondary institution that receives federal financial assistance. The guide will present the types of reasonable accommodations, processes and procedures and specific disability information.
Test Date Change Form - This form is used for students who may have back to back courses or have received approval from their instructor to take the test at a different time/date. Students MUST receive approval from their instructor which must be communicated with DSS in order to test at a different time/date. Some students schedules permit moving test dates/times due to their schedule, however this form must be completed by the instructor or an email approval can be sent to DSS.
Universal Design of Instruction (UDI) - UDI is an approach to teaching that consists of the proactive design and use of inclusive instructional strategies that benefit a broad range of learners including students with disabilities.
Accessibility - In web pages, it refers to the ability of a web page to be viewed by everyone, especially people with disabilities who use various assistive technologies. Accessible web pages take into account the special needs of visitors with auditory, visual, mobility and cognitive impairments and give those users an equivalent browsing experience to that of non-disabled visitors.
Official GCSC Syllabus Statement - Gulf Coast State College supports an inclusive learning environment for all students. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that hinder your full participation, reasonable accommodations can be arranged. Prior to receiving accommodations, you must register with Disability Support Services. Appropriate academic accommodations will be determined based on the documented needs of the student. For information regarding the registration process, email email@example.com or call 850-747-3243.
Faculty and Staff Training and Development
The staff of Gulf Coast State College's Disability Support Services is committed to educating staff and faculty about disabilities and how to create inclusive and accessible academic environments for students and our community. This includes individual consultations or group training sessions designed to provide opportunities for faculty and staff to engage in dialogue about providing accommodations to students with disabilities and have their questions answered.