3.10 Students with Disabilities


Alexandria Technical and Community College is committed to ensuring its programs, services and activities are accessible to individuals with disabilities, through its compliance with state and federal laws. The system recognizes that individuals with disabilities may need accommodations to have equally effective opportunities to participate in or benefit from the system's programs, services and activities.

3.10.1 Procedure

Support Services provides and coordinates services to students in order to accommodate their disabilities and promote educational opportunities.

To support students with disabilities, the college will provide, upon request of the student, the necessary supplemental services, academic assistance, and advocacy services. Qualified students are expected to give sufficient advance notice to the college in order to give the various service areas a reasonable time in which to evaluate and respond to requests. Requests should be directed to the Director of Support Services at 320-762-4673 or 1-800-627-3529 (MN Relay Service).

Services available include:

  1. Transition assistance and referral services.
  2. Program advising, assistance with course selection, and testing accommodations.

Eligibility for services and types of services will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Students able to document a disability through a recent assessment will be provided services determined to be necessary and most effective at no cost to the student. It is the responsibility of students with disabilities to seek available assistance at the Alexandria Technical and Community College and to make their needs known.

Accommodations are individualized and flexible, based on the nature of the disability and the academic environment. Accommodations cannot be retroactive, and begin only after documentation is received and reasonable time for accommodation development has been allowed. ADA does not require colleges to provide personal attendants, individual tutors or personal assistive technology.

Students with the following disabilities are those typically served by Alexandria Technical and Community College. State or federal disability law does not cover students with an impairment unless they have an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity and are qualified students.

  • Learning disability
  • Blind/visually impaired
  • Deaf/hard of hearing
  • Mobility disability
  • Speech disability
  • Systemic disability
  • Chemical dependency disability
  • Psychiatric disorder
  • ABI—Acquired Brain Injury/TBI—Traumatic Brain Injury
  • ADHD/ADD—Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Mental Impairment
  • Autism/Asperger's

Students with disabilities requesting services should:

  • Contact the Director of Support Services.
  • Provide documentation that supports requests for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services
  • Meet with the Director of Support Services to develop an Accommodation Plan

Sign language interpreters are available upon request. In cases where a sign language interpreter is required, a minimum of six weeks' advance notice is required. A notification received less than six weeks prior to the start of the semester may mean that interpreting services cannot be provided in a timely manner.

Students suspecting/reporting a disability or learning/attention difficulties but have no prior record or assessment of such are given referrals for comprehensive and diagnostic testing in the community. Any testing/assessment costs are the student's responsibility.

If a student feels his/her rights have been violated with regard to Section 504 or ADA, he/she should contact the Director of Support Services at 320-762-4673 or the Minnesota Relay Service 1-800-627-3529 or the Senior Dean of Academic Affairs and Students.

For further information, contact the Director of Support Services.

Approved by: Leadership Council
Effective Date: 06/26/15
Last Date Revised: 05/29/15