New Students to Disability Services

WELCOME AND LET’S GET STARTED

The following represents a summary of the guidelines used by TBCC Disability Services professionals to determine a students' needs for reasonable accommodation. If you have questions about the disability documentation guidelines, please meet with a Disability Services Advisor. The College makes decisions about students’ eligibility for accommodations on a case by case basis.

INITIATING SERVICES

Tillamook Bay Community College has designated Disability Services advisors. The service is available for all TBCC students.

Unlike high school, where students are automatically provided with testing and accommodation services, on the college campus it is the student's responsibility to self-disclose and to provide documentation in order to receive accommodations. The laws that govern the K-12 environment are not the same as those that govern the college environment.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

In most cases, students with a disability who request services or accommodations need to provide appropriate and current documentation of the disability. If a student has multiple disabilities, the student needs to provide documentation for each disability for which accommodations are requested. Prior documentation such as an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a history of receiving accommodations from a former school does not typically validate the need for services or continuation of accommodations at the college level. However, this history can be attached to other current documentation demonstrating the student’s disability, the impact of the disability on the student’s performance in an academic setting and requested accommodations. The disability services advisors can work with you to complete the necessary documentation, which will allow the advisor to determine your reasonable accommodations will be provided.  Disability Services requests that disability documentation adhere to the following standards:

-A qualified professional should conduct the evaluation and provide name, title, professional credentials, including information about state licensure or certification number.

-The evaluation should include the diagnosis and be dated.

-The document should include the original signature of the professional responsible for the assessment of functioning.

-The evaluation needs to be current. Disabilities may change in severity over time and documentation should support current accommodation needs. Generally, most evaluations must be completed within the last three years.

-Recommendations and rationale for accommodations and/or assistive technology must be based on the analysis of the functional impact of the diagnosis.

Disability Services will determine the appropriate services, accommodations, and/or assistive technology on an individual basis after reviewing the provided documentation and meeting with the student. Insufficient documentation can result in the delay of services and accommodations.

DENIAL OF REQUESTED ACCOMMODATION

When a request for accommodations is denied by Disability Services, the student will be notified in writing of the specific reason for not approving the request and be informed of any additional information needed to reevaluate the student’s request.

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN BECOME ELIGIBLE FOR ACCOMMODATIONS:

 Step 1. Submit Disability Services intake (pdf) forms

You may complete the Disabilities Intake Form by clicking on the form here complete and save the form on your computer, fill it in manually, and send, fax or bring it to the Disability Resources office. If you would like assistance filling out the form, come to TBCC Disability Services for one on one help.

Step 2. Provide current documentation of your disability. Please refer to the General Guidelines above and the Disability Guidelines link to learn more about the documentation needed.

Step 3. Meet with a Disability Services Advisor

You and your advisor will discuss appropriate accommodations based on your disability.

Step 4. Work with your Disability Services Advisor to complete an "Approved Academic

Accommodation".  This is available through the Disability Services Office in Student Services.

Helpful Links

To schedule an appointment, or for more information, contact a Disability Services Advisor (503)842-8222 x1140