What does the Disability Support Services (DSS) Program do?
The DSS Program provides support services for students with disabilities. These support services might be appropriate and reasonable accommodations, such as sign language interpreters, readers, scribes, etc., or the support services may be in the form of academic advising. The DSS Program also provides resource information, disability-related information, and adaptive technology for students who qualify. The DSS Program does not offer disability evaluation and/or testing services, scholarships, or payment of personal expenses.
What constitutes a disability?
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 2008, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 define disability as "a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities." Learning is considered a major life activity.
What should I know when applying to Brookhaven College? Are there any special procedures?
When applying to Brookhaven College, you may go through the regular application procedure (link to admissions office) and register during early or regular registration. If you need assistance, the DSS Program can assist with admission and registration; however, there are no special admission procedures. If you need accommodations for the TSI Assessment Test, you must first submit your documentation to the DSS Office before approval for accommodations can be made.
What should I do if I suspect I have a disability and want to receive accommodations?
To receive accommodations, you will need to meet with a Rehabilitation Specialist either before the semester begins or some time during the semester. The Rehabilitation Specialist will conduct an intake session and request documentation of your disability to determine what accommodations will be most appropriate for you.
What is acceptable documentation?
The Disability Support Services personnel meet once a week to review incoming documentation and decide if it is acceptable or unacceptable. For the most part, documentation should be
What kinds of accommodations are available?
After assessing your documentation, the DSS personnel will determine the most appropriate accommodations for you. We can provide sign language interpreters, readers and/or scribes for tests, extra time on tests, an alternate testing environment, electronic texts and/or books on tape/CD, notetaker services, registration assistance, adaptive technology services, etc.
I received accommodations in high school and had an IEP. Can I use the IEP as documentation?
The IEP, albeit a valuable resource, may not be sufficient documentation. Brookhaven College accepts the Comprehensive Evaluation from the high school, provided it is complete, contains testing information, and is current.
What role do my parents play in the process?
If you are over the age of 18, you are legally recognized as an adult. DSS Rehabilitation Specialists meet with the student for an intake session to discuss accommodation requests and/or disability-related services. Specialists are happy to answer parents' questions after the intake session is complete. However, we encourage students to have an open dialog with their parents. Parents may be an excellent source of support.
I have a physical disability and have trouble getting around. What types of accommodations are geared just for me?
Brookhaven is committed to reducing the barriers that students with physical challenges often face. The campus is designed so that telephones, rest rooms and water fountains are accessible. Reserved handicapped parking, ramps and remote control door-openers are available throughout the campus.