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Students with Disabilities who wish to request accommodations are required to disclose to the Counselor/Disabilities Coordinator. It is recommended that students disclose before May 1 to allow time to arrange for accommodations, and to schedule a Transition Interview prior to the start of their first semester.  Specific documentation is required to document a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the 2009 Amendment Act. (ADAAA).  Documentation must be current, and provide evidence of a disability that affects a major life activity.  Further students may be diagnosed with a disability, but must also be “otherwise qualified” for their program of study. Otherwise qualified is defined by ADA as able to perform essential skills with or without accommodations.  Therefore, specific accommodations may be cited in provided documentation; but not considered reasonable, as accommodations in college may not alter the pace, content or essential skills required for a course or program of study.

Disability information is protected information; therefore, the  student must disclose and personally request accommodations.   Further, individuals within the campus community are only informed of a student’s disability on a “need to know” basis.  As accommodations are provided through coordination with various offices and individuals on campus, the student signs a service agreement acknowledging their responsibilities and the procedure for obtaining accommodations.  The provision of accommodations is confirmed through the signed Approved Accommodations Form (Click Here) that is taken by the student to each instructor and service provider as is appropriate at the start of each semester. 
This document describes the possible accommodations while attending TSCT.
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In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Amendment Act of 2009, students at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology with documented disabilities may request special housing accommodations .
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Applicants with Disabilities

Deadline for Submitting Documentation for COMPASS Placement Assessment and for the following fall is May 1st. Please  allow 2 weeks for review and response.


Transition Interviews are scheduled with students  after they have been admitted to the college.

Documentation must be provided prior to the interview.

Disability Documentation is protected under HIPPA and FERPA and should be shared directly with

the Disabilities Coordinator.

Key Facts:
  • The student must make the request, not the parent
  • The college via Disability Office determines reasonable accommodations
  • Disability documentation is very specific (see below)
  • Disability information is confidential and shared only on a Need to Know basis.
  • Students with disabilities must be “otherwise qualified” and able to perform essential functions  with or without accommodations
  • Accommodations are not retroactive.
  • Accommodations may not be provided without written approval from the Disability Office

Students requesting accommodations or services due to a disability are required to submit  documentation to determine eligibility in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of  1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Amendment Act of 2009.


  • Must include a specific diagnosis (Ex. a specific learning disability in reading),
  • Must state how the disability substantially limits a major life activity, such as learning
  • Must cite accommodations that are appropriate for the disability with supporting rationale ( Note:  Accommodations may not alter pace, content, academic level, or essential skills)
  • Must include objective data regarding aptitude, achievement, IQ, information processing, and  standard test  scores that reflect current level of ability (Ex: Reading comprehension is 10th gr level)
  • Must reflect a current need
  • Must be completed by a professional such as a psychologist, or medical professional
  • May need to include medical clearance if the student is entering a “Safety Sensitive” Program

Types of documentation accepted, but not limited to

  • IEP and Evaluation Report or Psychological
  • Letter from a physician
  • Discharge Summary

Students with documented disabilities are eligible for reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Amendment Act (ADAAA).

Download this form for the Grievance Procedure handout. 
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