Adults with Disabilities

  • Defining Disability*

    A disability is a physical or mental disorder that limits things you want and/or need to do.

    Disabilities may include: Walking, Seeing, Hearing, Breathing, Taking Care of Yourself, Learning, Working

    Adults with disabilities include, but are not limited to, persons with conditions, diseases and/or infections.

    Disabilities may be: Physical, Sight, Speech, Hearing, Epilepsy, Muscular Distrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, HIV, Intellectual Disability, Emotional Disability, Specific Learning Disability

    Persons with a history of such a condition or otherwise considered as having such a condition are also considered as people with disabilities.

    (*as described in Federal and State Laws)


    Adults with Disabilities

    As an individual with a disability, you are entitled to accommodations. Your needs should be discussed after admission to the program. The school may request records that provide information about your learning needs.


    » You can enter the building.
    » You can enroll in an adult program.
    » You can obtain assistance in class during tests.

    If you are an adult with a disability who meets the admission standards of the educational program, you will be ensured equal opportunity.


    Advocating for Yourself

    You are encouraged to tell your school's Designee for Disability Services about your need for accommodations if you want help.
    You may bring reports and information about your need for accommodations. Examples include medical, psychological, or educational records or a vocational rehabilitation or support plan. The report(s) should have all of the following:

    » Description of how the disability affects learning
    » Recommendations for specific strategies
    » Accomodations in education made necessary by the disability

    Your request should be based on your current abilities as accommodation needs change over time.

    You are encouraged to tell your school's Designee for Disability Services about what has helped you learn in the past.
    You can learn better if you know how to help yourself. Become your own advocate. Provide information about your need for accommodations. All information will be kept confidential.


    Defining Accomodations

    Accommodations are changes made to help you learn the skill or do the work necessary for you to learn. They may include:

    » Using different kinds of learning materials
    » Using special services
    » Needing special testing options
    » Needing adaptive equipment

    Accommodations should NOT create "unique hardship" for the College. You may not get the most expensive or "best" accommodation, just one that will help you do what needs to be done. Some of these accommodations may be appropriate for you in the classroom and test setting:

    » Extra time for testing and learning
    » Individual tests
    » Frequent rest breaks
    » Private work area
    » Calculators
    » Note takers
    » Oral or sign language interpreters
    » Tapes, large print or Braille
    » Taped, typed or dictated answers
    » Special class or test settings
    » Adaptive equipment
    » Written instructions
    » Assisting devices
    » Building access

  • Helpful Numbers

    Ask your instructor or school counselor to check which numbers would be most helpful to you.

    American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.

    Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

    Florida Literacy Coalition

    GED National Testing Center

    Job Accommodation Network

    Southeast ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Center

    National Library Services for the Blind & Physically Handicapped

    Social Security Administration

    For more information, contact your Designee for Disability Services.