Why Register with the Center on Disability (COD)?
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
- Training you to use assistive technology that helps you manage your course work
- 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 COD. Additionally, we encourage anyone with acquired disabilities or recently diagnosed disabilities to contact us. Even if you think you will not need accommodations to participate fully in your academic program, we suggest connecting with us to stay current.
What are the Steps for Registering?
You can register with 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 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. Attend an initial meeting with a COD Counselor, fully prepared to discuss the services and accommodations you have used in the past; how you have benefitted from them; types of services you anticipate needing in college; and questions you have about COD.
5. Attend follow-up appointments, meetings or programs recommended by your COD Counselor.
Please share these guidelines with the professional who manages your disability-related condition. Documentation should include:
- Information that is current and relevant to the College setting
- Information that has been prepared by a professional licensed to diagnose or treat the condition for which you are seeking service
- Provided in the form of a letter or report printed on letterhead paper
- 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 includes achieving the requisite scores on your Placement Tests
- Identify yourself to COD as an individual with a disability
- Provide information to COD that establishes your eligibility for accommodations
- Complete the required work associated with your classes
- 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