Flint Hills Technical College is committed to providing equal opportunities in higher education to academically qualified students with disabilities who demonstrate a reasonable expectation of College success. Students with disabilities attending the College are integrated as completely as possible into the College environment. Flint Hills Technical College does not offer a specialized curriculum for students with disabilities. The College seeks input from students to assess individual needs and determines what resources are available for meeting those needs. Flint Hills Technical College recognizes that traditional methods, programs and services are not always appropriate or sufficient to accommodate the limitations experienced by some qualified persons with disabilities. When a student’s disability prevents him/her from fulfilling a course requirement through conventional procedures, consideration will be given to alternatives, keeping in mind that academic standards must be maintained. To reasonably accommodate a qualified student with disabilities means that program modifications and academic adjustments as deemed appropriate in an individual situation may be made. Support services and auxiliary aids are examples of reasonable accommodations that may be made available under specific circumstances.
Each student eligible for accommodation and/or services, under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), has certain responsibilities to fulfill. The student must provide Flint Hills Technical College with medical or other diagnostic documentation that confirms his/her disability and limitations, and may be required to provide additional documentation of evaluations of limitations. Documentation means a recent and appropriate report, evaluating the individual’s ability to perform adult level College work, prepared by a qualified physician, psychologist, or professional, and which states the parameters of the student’s disability. Each student is expected to make timely and appropriate disclosures and requests, at least six weeks in advance of a course, workshop, program, or activity for which accommodation is requested, or as soon as realistically possible. The student should make his/her special needs known upon registration. Each semester the student will need to notify the Student Services Office after registration about what courses the student has enrolled in and who the instructors are for those classes. The student will cooperate in obtaining and arranging for accommodations or auxiliary aids. Auxiliary aids may be available through a variety of sources available to individual students. The student may make request for assistance in obtaining specialized support services from other resources such as State Vocational Rehabilitation, Recordings for the Blind, State Services for the Blind, etc. For example, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) may fund such items as transportation to the institution, tuition, textbooks, hearing aids, and other individually prescribed devices.
The Dean of Student Services serves as coordinator of accommodations for students with disabilities at Flint Hills Technical College, and acts as a resource person to the faculty and staff, along with liaison to outside agencies. Flint Hills Technical College encourages students with disabilities to practice self-advocacy. Anything that faculty and staff members can do to aid this process enhances mutual understanding and communication.
To file a request for accommodation, students must complete a Request for Accommodation and Academic Support form, along with a Disability Information Sheet and a Release of Information form. Forms are available in Student Services and here. The completed forms and relevant information and materials need to be forwarded in a sealed envelope to the Dean of Student Services. All such matters are treated in strict confidence and shall not be discussed except with appropriate personnel.