Students with Disabilities
Granite State College will provide qualified individuals with disabilities the same educational opportunities available to persons without disabilities. When an individual's documented disability creates a barrier to educational opportunities, the College will attempt reasonable accommodation to remove the barrier. Conditions such as physical limitation, illness, or learning disability do not prevent an individual from being a productive learner. The College, however, does not have supplementary services or programs for special audiences.
Services are provided to individuals with disabilities in order to:
- help overcome obstacles
- provide opportunities for academic success
- increase self reliance
- encourage independence
- create self-advocacy
- foster/encourage self-esteem
- encourage participation in educational opportunities
If you need assistance, it is important that you make contact early to ensure that your requests can be reviewed prior to the start of each term. If you wish to apply for accommodations, contact your Academic Coach or the dean of learner services in the Administrative Offices in Concord.
Accommodations for Disabilities:
- Decide if support is needed. Talk with your advisor to determine if your work at the college may require seeking support services.
- Apply for Services. If you anticipate requesting accommodations, complete an application for support services
- Request documentation. Documentation of your disability will be required for most accommodations. Complete a "Release of Medical Information" form and send it to your medical and/or testing provider along with "Guidelines for Documenting Disability" available on the web at www.granite.edu/services/ disabilities.htm. Evaluations and testing must be current (within the past three years). High School IEP's or testing results are not accepted for documentation at the college level.
- Review of documentation. Complete an "Authorization to Review Documentation" form and send it to the dean of learner services. All materials will be reviewed and summary materials will be prepared which suggest accommodations. These will be sent to you for endorsement.
- Plan ahead. Determine your academic plan with your advisor. Four to six weeks prior to each term, begin the process of reviewing the outcomes of the course(s) you intend to take. Decide if you need to request specific accommodations.
- Meet with faculty - You may need to meet with the faculty member before the class begins. Contact the faculty member and work together to identify reasonable accommodations and resources based on those approved by the college. There is an agreement form that will be used to identify and agree upon accommodations. These will be mailed to you from the Learner Services Office once the documentation regarding your disability has been reviewed.