Access/Disability Resources

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) recognizes the importance of assisting and encouraging all students to reach their full potential. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended in 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the College ensures that its admission requirements are uniformly applied, and that its services, activities, facilities and academic programs are accessible to and usable by all qualified students. The Student Support Services Office (SSS) implements and coordinates reasonable accommodations and disability-related services to promote full participation of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of college life. 

A person with a disability is defined as an individual who has a physical, mental or learning disability which substantially limits one or more major life activity (i.e., seeing, hearing, speaking, walking, sitting, standing, breathing, reading, writing, or performing mathematical calculations, and caring for oneself); or who has a record of such impairment; or who is regarded as having such impairment. Both the impairment and the limitation of a major life activity must be established to be eligible under the ADA.

 

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To be eligible to receive academic accommodations, students must self-identify their disability to the Student Support Services Office (SSS) by contacting either the Student Support Coordinator or Associate Director of Student Services. The student must then complete the public request form online in Accommodate and upload documentation of disability.

Documentation should include:

  • Name of the student
  • Diagnosis of the disability
  • Indicate how the disability impacts on the student’s learning or classroom performance
  • Include recommendations for reasonable academic accommodations or adjustments supported by the documentation
  • Include a copy of IEP and Standards of Progress, if documentation is from a school
  • Be on letterhead and signed by the medical doctor or psychologist
  • Be less than five years old

Academic adjustments are available to students who identify themselves as having a disability and as being otherwise qualified for admission to the College. Each student is responsible for providing documentation of his or her disability and requesting appropriate accommodations. The intent of academic accommodations is to provide students with disabilities similar opportunities for success and for mastery of academic skills. Each student’s case is assessed individually based on documented evidence from appropriate medical and clinical professionals regarding the student’s disability and a comprehensive interview with the student and the Student Support Coordinator or Associate Director.

Examples of accommodations/adjustments include:

  • Notetakers
  • Extended time
  • Calculators
  • Testing accommodations
  • Comfort breaks
  • Adaptive equipment
  • Assistive technology/software

Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or other mental disability. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual’s disability. For more information on service animals please contact any Student Support Coordinator.

Pursuant to Public Law 93–380, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), students and their parents are advised of certain practices and procedures at Florida State College at Jacksonville which relate to student records. Once students reach the age of 18 or are enrolled at a postsecondary institution, parents no longer have any rights to student information under this act unless students give written consent to release the information to their parents or the parents provide evidence that students are dependents of the parents as defined in section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. Please review the Student Records and Privacy section of the current college catalog for additional information. Students may sign a FERPA Release Form to grant parents access to some information. Students working with SSS who require some parental assistance may sign a confidentiality release form to allow SSS personnel and the parent or advocate of the student access to private information. Please note that as a student with disabilities you can elect at any time to revoke use of either of these release forms at any time, with a written request. Click here to download forms.