Disability Services

Trocaire College offers students with special needs reasonable accommodations and services to enable them to fully participate in the mainstream of the educational process.

Overview of Laws

Rehabilitation Act

The Rehabilitation Act prohibits federal agencies and their grantees and contractors from discriminating against people based on disability in employment, programs and activities.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (ADA/504)

A federal statute that guarantees the rights of disabled people to equal opportunity in all programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.  It prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals solely on the basis of disability.  Section 504 regulations apply to state education agencies, elementary and secondary school systems, colleges and universities, libraries, vocational schools and state vocational rehabilitation agencies.

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

The ADA was signed into law to protect individuals with disabilities against discrimination in employment, in programs operated by city, county, and state entities, public and private transportation, public accommodations and telecommunication services.  The 2008 amendment act of ADA emphasizes that the definition of disability should be construed in favor of broad coverage of individuals to the maximum extent permitted by the terms of the ADA and generally shall not require extensive analysis.


General Guidelines for Documentation

Trocaire College is committed to ensuring that all students have an opportunity to pursue a college education regardless of the presence or absence of a disability.  Trocaire College will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADAAA) of 2008.  No academically qualified student with a disability shall be denied access to or participation in the services, programs and activities of the College.

To receive services, the following steps need to be taken:

Students must schedule an appointment to meet with The Coordinator of Disability Services to complete an intake to determine eligibility for disability accommodations. Students are expected to identify themselves as having a disability and will be asked to provide current documentation from a licensed provider that includes diagnosis and assessment of a disability.

To find out more information or to determine if you may be eligible for disability accommodations, please contact the Coordinator of Disability Services in Room 112 of our Choate Campus at 716.827.2412


Information regarding a student’s disability is considered confidential and will be shared only with those at Trocaire College who need to know.  That includes administrators, faculty and staff who have access to disability related information, only in so far as it affects their functioning with a student who has a disability.


  • Any reasonable accommodation
  • Audio textbooks
  • Extension of time
  • Note Takers
  • Preferential seating
  • Quiet testing area
  • Tape Recorders
  • Test Readers
  • Test Reservation Form (Link to PDF)
  • Test Writers
  • Use of technology

Web Accessibility Statement

In light of emerging technologies and our goal to achieve continuous improvements in our operations and delivery of education including distance learning, we understand the need to make ongoing enhancements to our web sources and information technology. More specifically, we are committed to making our information technology and web sites as accessible as possible in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 pertaining to electronic and information technology accessibility and the following major guidelines of the World Wide Web Consortium/ Web Accessibility Initiative or W3C/WAI: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines, and User Agent Accessibility Guidelines.

If assistance is needed in accessing any of our web sources and information technology which include our web pages, web mail, e-faculty and e-student portals, and our learning management system/ distance learning system please contact the IT Help Desk helpdesk@trocaire.edu

Students who need educational accommodations that include assistive technologies or materials in alternative formats should contact the Coordinator of Disability Services at 716.827.2412 or ellisl@trocaire.edu. The Coordinator of Disability Services is located on the Main Campus in Room 122; assistance is available by appointment at the Transit location.

To read more about Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, visit: http://www.section508.gov/index.cfm

To read more about the World Wide Consortium/Web Accessibility Initiative or W3C/WAI visit: http://www.w3.org/WAI/

Statement Regarding the Use of Electronic Readers in the Classroom

Trocaire College Provides equal educational opportunity in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 in that all materials and tools, including electronic readers used in the classroom must be accessible to all or schools must provide accommodations or modifications. The FAQs to the June 29, 2010 “Dear Colleague Letter (DCL)” issued by the Office of Civil Rights states, in part, of FAQ #1: As explained by the DCL, application of our long-standing nondiscrimination requirements means that schools must provide an electronic book reader (i.e., the technology that the school uses to provide educational benefits, services, or opportunities) that is fully accessible to students who are blind or have low vision; otherwise schools must provide accommodations or modifications to ensure that the benefits of their educational program are provided to these students in an equally effective and equally integrated matter.

Trocaire College is also committed to the ideal of universal Web accessibility, please refer to our Web Accessibility Statement listed above.

To read more about Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, visit http://www.dol.gov/oasam/regs/statutes/sec504.htm#.UPhBfh37J8E

To read more about Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, visit http://www.ada.gov/publicat.htm

To read more about the FAQs June 29, 2010 “Dear Colleague Letter (DCL)” issued by the Office of Civil Rights, visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-ebook-faq-201105.pdf



Lauren Ellis
, Student Counselor/Coordinator of Disability Services
Main Campus, Room 122
360 Choate AVenue
Buffalo, NY 14220