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 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 their information, it can take up to one month 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 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. 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 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. 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 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
- Immediately contact the COD if you have any concerns about your accommodations