Support Services & Accommodations

MATC is committed to following the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Accommodations are implemented to provide equity to students. They are not intended to lower academic standards or provide any student with an advantage over others. Reasonable accommodations will be made for any student who has a documented disability.

Note: Documentation requirements vary among colleges and institutions. If a student plans to transfer, he/she must be sure to contact the representative at the receiving institution and get information on their documentation requirements and process for applying for services. 

Accommodations need to be approved by Student Services and re-approved every semester the student is requesting accommodations. Any costs incurred in the documentation process will be the responsibility of the student. To assure that there is adequate time to review the request and determine accommodations on a case-by-case basis; students should make an appointment well in advance of any need. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure compliance with the guidelines before starting each semester.  Accommodations can be approved and activated throughout the semester, but are not retroactive. Untimely requests may result in delay, substitutions, or the inability to fulfill the request(s).

New Students - Applying for Support Services and Accommodations

Processing time for new accommodation requests is generally 2 weeks. Once approved, some types of accommodations may take several weeks to fulfill, so it is important to make the request as soon as possible.

  1. Complete the Student Accommodations Request
  2. Gather documents (refer below for appropriate documenation) establishing the existence of a disability.
  3. Make an appointment with Student Services.
    • Schedule Online OR
    • Call 785-587-2800 OR
    • Visit the welcome desk (located in the commons). Hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

Returning Students - Applying for Support Services and Accommodations

Each semester, returning students at Manhattan Tech who have registered for courses should arrange for accommodations as needed through the Student Services Office. Accommodation forms must be renewed each semester. If you have not previously registered with a disability services representative, please follow the instructions for new students.

Documentation

For students requesting services, the Student Services office requires documentation from a qualified professional that describes the disability and its likely impact on the student’s academic experiences. This documentation serves three purposes:

  1. To establish that the student can be considered a person with a disability, and therefore eligible for protection against discrimination on the basis of disability.
  2. To supplement information from the student regarding the impact of the disability.
  3. To inform the development of reasonable accommodation designed to facilitate equal access to the College environments on a case-by-case basis.
Documentation Guidelines:
  • Documentation must be typewritten on business letterhead from a licensed professional not related to the student who is qualified to give a psychological and/or medical diagnosis. The name, credentials and signature of the licensed professional must appear on the documentation.
  • The documentation must include all pertinent diagnoses, clearly stated and explained.
  • Information outlining testing/assessment tools must be included. Learning disability testing must include the actual standard test scores; student must be tested using measures normed on adult populations.
  • Documentation must include information on how the disability currently impacts the individual and document "how a major life activity is limited by providing a clear sense of the severity, frequency and pervasiveness of the condition(s)."
  • All pertinent positive and negative effects of mitigating measures must be addressed. This could include a description of treatment, medications (and potential side effects) and assistive devices with estimated effectiveness of their impact on the disability.
  • Documentation should provide recommendations for accommodations for the individual and include the rationale for the recommended accommodations.

Acknowledgement

This information is based on the Disability Documentation Guidelines to Determine Eligibility for Accommodations at the Postsecondary Level developed by the Association for Higher Education and Disability.

It is important to have recent and appropriate documentation because accommodations are determined based on the current impact of the condition(s) and how it affects access to academics and educational activities.

Students are encouraged to submit copies of an Individual Educational Program or 504 plan as a source of useful information which can help provide a history. However, Individual Educational Programs or 504 plans may not exclusively provide sufficient documentation for approval of accommodations.

Any questions about appropriate documentation should be directed to Tyler Stoldt, Academic Advisor.