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Reasonable Accommodation

What Is A Reasonable Accommodation?

Reasonable accommodations are changes/adjustments in the learning environment that permit students with disabilities to compete on equal footing with their peers at the College. The accommodations modify non-essential elements of College programs.

Examples of reasonable accommodations include:

  • Extended time on tests
  • Taped texts
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Taped lectures

Accommodations are determined based on an individual basis, using documentation of a disability. The purpose of an accommodation is to minimize the impact of the disability, not to "water down" a course or requirements. To do otherwise would decrease the credibility of the institution and would also be unfair to the student.


Priority  Registration

Students with disabilities are offered priority registration for the following reasons:

  1. Course locations can be selected for those with ambulatory difficulties.
  2. Classes with support labs, i.e. in Developmental Studies, can be selected.
  3. Students who require specialized transportation can receive workable schedules.
  4. Medication schedules can be considered.
  5. Sufficient lead time is provided to the Disability Services Office for the hiring of student assistants, i.e. Interpreters, Notetakers/Scribes, and Tutors.
  6. Student learning styles may be considered in course and instructor selection.

Priority registration is typically held the first week of regular registration.


Equipment and Auxiliary Aids

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College has the following equipment available for use by students with disabilities. Much of this equipment has been provided through funding from the Carl Perkins Vocational Education Act.

  • Computers, located in Developmental Studies, Learning Resources Center and Student Services*
  • Franklin spellers in Developmental Studies and Student Services*
  • Assistive listening devices*
  • Handi-cassette tape recorders*
  • Overhead projectors in Developmental Studies and the Learning Resource Center
  • Tape duplicating machine in the Learning Resource Center
  • ZoomText magnification software*
  • Lulsa lens (lighted, magnification system)*
  • Dragon Dictate - voice recognition computer software*
  • Kurzweil reading machine in Learning Resources Center
  • JAWS Screen Reading Program - campus-wide
  • Miscellaneous other equipment

The items marked with an asterisk (*) are available for loan in the Disability Services Office.


Notetaker Services

Notetakers are provided for classes when appropriate for a particular disability. This determination is made by the Disability Services Coordinator based on documentation presented by the student. Students are encouraged to priority register so notetaker services can be arranged in a timely manner. Students have the option of soliciting their own notetaker (may not be a family member) or having the Disability Services Office procure one.

Notetakers are expected to attend all classes unless there is an illness or emergency. They are asked to arrange for substitutes in their absence. Notes are provided for students only when the student is present in class. Exceptions are made in the event of disability-related absences. Notetakers must submit their time sheets according to the schedule in the student calendar if they expect to receive their paycheck on the last day of each month. The time sheets should be submitted to the Secretary in the Counseling Center.


Procedures for Obtaining Textbooks on Tape/Alternate Format

  1. Please contact the Disability Services Office quickly to assure your obtaining taped texts/e-versions of the texts.
  2. Purchase your textbooks and fill out the Request for Alternate Formatted Textbooks form with the following information to the Disability Services Office:
    • Receipt of these purchases
    • Name of course you are taking (i.e., BIO 111)
    • Title of text
    • Author of text
    • Edition
    • Date published
    • Publisher’s name
    • ISBN #.
  3. We will order your books from Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic or Bookshare.
  4. If RFBD/Bookshare does not have taped or CD versions of your text, we will plan to order a digital/electronic version of the text. Use of this format will require a screen reader that is used through a computer. The college has screen readers on campus. If you would like to use this at your home, software is available for purchase.
  5. If there is no digital book available, the college may need to tape record or scan the text. Please allow the DS Office at least three weeks from the date that you give this information to us, in order that we may prepare for this.
  6. At that point, taped texts/alternate formatted texts may be picked up and dropped off at the Bailey Building Service Desk. The publisher requires your signature on an End Use Agreement to obtain these texts. We have this form for you to sign.
  7. It is best to set up an appointment to meet with the Disability Services Staff in the middle of the semester for books for the next semester. That way, you can plan for the classes for the following semester.

Personal Care

The College does not provide personal care or personal assistance services, i.e. pushing wheelchairs, restroom assistance, feeding assistance, homework readers, homework writer, instruction in the home, assistance with homework, etc.


Handicapped Parking

All lots on campus have designated parking spaces for individuals with disabilities. Individuals must display the State of North Carolina "handicapped" placard to park in these spaces. If students or employees need temporary permission to use a handicapped designated space (i.e. while in process of applying or for short-term situations like a broken leg), please click on the link below.

Application for Temporary Handicap Placard (.pdf opens in new window)

Questions should be directed to the Security Office in the Chestnut Building or by calling ext. 115.