Accessibility Services

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

Trocaire College mission involves recognizing the individual needs of a diverse student body.  The Office of Accessibility Services, located in the Wellness Center, works with students to provide accommodations and services for students with documented disabilities.

 

What is a Disability?

Under applicable state and federal laws, an individual with a disability is defined as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity, has a history of such impairment, or is regarded as having such impairment.

A qualified individual with a disability is one who meets the essential functions or requirements of a program with or without reasonable accommodations.


Accommodations

Academic Accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

  • Testing Accommodations such as: extended test time, test location outside of the classroom, use of assistive technology for test reading
  • Notetaking technology such as LiveScribe pen
  • Permission to record lectures
  • Textbooks in alternative format

Documentation

In order to determine eligibility, all students seeking accommodations are required to provide the Office of Accessibility Services with the appropriate medical, psychological, and/or educational documentation of their disability from a licensed professional.

The letter must be on letterhead, signed by the licensed provider stating the diagnosed disability, how the disability impacts the student’s everyday life and functionality, and what the provider is recommending for the student to be successful.  We encourage students to provide results of psychoeducational testing, IEP, 504 Plan, and/or documentation previous college(s) regarding accommodations previously utilized.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Accessibility Services to discuss what documentation they may have and/or to obtain assistance in getting linked to an appropriate community provider to have an evaluation/testing done if they think they may be a student in need of accommodations.

Requests for accommodations are evaluated based on the review of documentation provided as well the student’s self-report and observation regarding current functional limitations.

Please Note: While students can initiate the accommodation process at any time throughout the semester, it is recommended that if a student makes contact as early as possible. Accommodations begin at the time that is a student is found eligible and instructors are notified, and cannot be granted retroactively.


Please fill out this form before your appointment with Accessibility Services


Accessibility Services Manual

Please view the Trocaire College Accessibility Services Manual for more detailed information about Accessibility Services.


Resources

ACCES-VR

Accessible Academics

Effective College Planning For Students With Disabilities – MANUAL for Students, Parents and High School Personnel (CCDA)

Effective College Planning For Students With Disabilities – WORKBOOK for Students, Parents and High School Personnel (CCDA)

Planning and Time Management Tools and Advice for College Students

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education (U.S. Dept of ED OCR)

Western New York Collegiate Consortium and Disability Advocates (CCDA)

 


Privacy

Our student’s privacy is important to us. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Student’s disability records are kept secured in the Office of Accessibility Services and are not released without the student’s permission.

For more information on FERPA


Non-Discrimination Statement

Trocaire College does not discriminate in admission, employment, in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other institutionally administered programs, on the basis of an individual’s actual or perceived, race, color, creed, religion, religious practice, national origin, ethnic group, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, age, marital status, military status, veteran status, disability, domestic violence victim status, genetic information or any other basis prohibited by New York state and/or federal non-discrimination laws.  Retaliation against an individual because he or she made a complaint, testified or participated in any manner in an investigation or proceeding will not be tolerated and is unlawful under Civil Rights laws.

The College’s policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and harassment, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law.


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.


Contact

Jennifer Ehlinger-Saj, LMSW

Director of Wellness
716.827.2412
Main Campus, Room 118
360 Choate Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14220