Policies & Procedures
Access & Learning Accommodations (ALA) functions as a support service to deaf and hard of hearing students and students with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations are provided for students with certified disabilities identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Each student, after providing appropriate documentation of his or her disability and his or her prescription for auxiliary aids, is evaluated individually to determine suitable accommodations. Some of the types of accommodations which may be provided include: tape recorders, extended test time, alternate testing sites, scribes, sign language interpreters, note takers, and the use of special adaptive equipment. Students are encouraged to contact Access & Learning Accommodations early to allow sufficient time for processing accommodation requests. ALA collaborates with both college personnel and students with disabilities and facilitate appropriate accommodations to assist in the student's academic endeavors.
TSTC and Access & Learning Accommodations offer comprehensive support services including a College Preparatory Program, sign language/oral interpreting, note taking and tutoring. The College Preparatory Program was designed for deaf and hard of hearing-impaired students who need to prepare for college-level math, English and reading. Both non-credit developmental courses and regular credit courses are offered during the College Prep Program, which is available before the fall term each year.
Accommodations Services Policy
All services, including interpreting and note taking services, will be suspended if the student has three consecutive absences, or if the number of absences totals the number of hours of instruction within a two week-period, in accordance with TSTC's attendance policy. A memo is sent to the student, the accommodation provider (interpreter, note taker, reader, etc.) and the instructor of the course informing them of suspension of services. After the student responds to the memo, services may be reinstated. If the student doesn't respond in one week from the date of the memo, services will be cancelled. If the student continues to miss class after reinstatement of services, further action may be taken, including cancellation of services for the entire semester.
For specific information for new students or students who haven't yet enrolled, visit New Students.