Why Register with the Center on Disability (COD)?
Community College of Philadelphia is committed to ensuring that qualified individuals with a disability are afforded equitable access to and participation in our programs and services. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, no qualified person will be denied access to, participation in, or the benefits of, any program or activity operated by the College because of disability. Nor will individuals with a disability be subjected to discrimination while participating in College programs or activities due to disability.
The Center on Disability is the office designated to provide accommodations and promote equitable academic, social, and support opportunities for students with a disability enrolled at the College.
The COD can assist students with disabilities by:
- Determining appropriate academic accommodations for your classes
- Connecting you to campus and community resources that support your educational goals
- Introducing you to assistive technology that supports your academic goals
- Facilitating your communication with faculty about your learning needs
- Developing activities that support your goals
We encourage any student who had a 504 plan or an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), or who participated in special education services, to consider registering with the COD. Additionally, we encourage anyone with a documented disability who did not participate in special education services to contact us. Even if you don't think you'll need accommodations to participate fully in your academic program, we suggest connecting with us as an additional resource.
When Should I Begin Registering with the COD?
We encourage students to begin their registration with the COD as soon as possible after applying to the College or determining a need for accommodations. After the student has submitted information, it can take up to six weeks to review the information and schedule an appointment, depending on the time of year.
At times, the COD staff may need to request more information from students, medical providers, and faculty as to the appropriateness of a requested accommodation. Delays in beginning the registration process, submitting supporting documentation, or responding to requests for additional information or meetings will delay accommodations and services.
What are the Steps for Registering?
You can register with the COD by following these steps:
2. Apply for Financial Aid if you need assistance to pay for courses.
3. Submit a Student Information Form plus supporting information about your disability to the COD. Please refer to our documentation guidelines below to determine the information we need to establish your eligibility for services. Send your Student Information Form and supporting information by one of the methods below:
Community College of Philadelphia
Center on Disability, Room BG-39
1700 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
4. For the Placement Test accommodations: Participate in a thirty-minute phone appointment with a COD staff person to discuss your testing accommodation needs, as well as the procedures for accessing your accommodations upon check-in.
5. For ongoing class accommodations: Attend an initial face-to-face meeting with a COD staff person, fully prepared to discuss: the services and accommodations you have used in the past, how you have benefitted from past accommodations, the type of services and accommodations you anticipate needing in college, and questions you have about the COD.
6. Attend follow-up appointments, meetings or programs recommended by the COD staff.
Please share these guidelines with the professional who manages your disability-related condition(s). Documentation should be provided in the form of a letter or report typed on letterhead paper. The documentation should include:
- Information that is current and relevant to the college setting
- Information that has been prepared by a professional who is licensed to diagnose or treat the condition for which you are seeking service
- Diagnosis and nature of the disability
- Relevant developmental, medical, social, educational, and/or accommodation history
- Clinical assessment or method of determining presence of a disability
- Functional limitations imposed by the disability in a college setting
- Prescribed medications that could affect classroom performance (please describe effects)
- Suggested accommodations, with rationale, that might benefit you
- Professional’s signature, credentials and contact number
As a college student, you should be prepared to:
- Meet the requirements for admission to the College, which include achieving the requisite scores on your Placement Tests
- Identify yourself to the COD as an individual with a disability
- Provide information to the COD that establishes your eligibility for accommodations and supports your need for requested accommodations
- Complete the required work associated with your classes and maintain your eligibility to participate in your academic program
- Use the resources available at the College to support your studies
- Fulfill the essential requirements of your academic program
- Behave in a manner that is consistent with the College’s Code of Conduct
- Immediately contact the COD if you have any concerns about your accommodations