Students with Disabilities
The faculty and staff of Grayson College are dedicated to providing students with disabilities and special needs full access to programs and services by providing reasonable and effective accommodations that promote student independence.
Disability Services Coordinator
Jeffri Johnson Hodge
6101 Grayson Drive, Hwy 691
Denison, TX 75020
How to Request Academic Accommodations
Students requesting reasonable accommodations under the ADA must provide information to the Disability Services Coordinator from appropriately trained professionals, such as physicians, educational diagnosticians, licensed psychologists, psychiatrists, or other qualified professionals. Determining whether students are disabled as defined by the ADA and therefore entitled to reasonable accommodations is based on the documentation submitted. Documentation becomes part of students' educational records and is protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Contact the Disability Services Coordinator
Students, who have applied to Grayson College, may contact the Disability Services Coordinator at any time during regular office hours in the Testing Center (SC115). Days and hours vary during mini-mesters and summer semesters. Students should complete the applicable request form and submit it to the Disability Services Coordinator.
* Please fill out the applicable request form and submit along with supporting documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 903-465-2275.
Submit Supporting Documentation
- A specific diagnosis, including level of severity and duration
- The specific findings in support of the diagnosis, such as relevant history, tests administered, test results, and interpretation of test results
- A description of the student's functional limitations (symptoms) as they directly relate to the stated disabilities and impact academic performance
- Disability management by assistive devices (such as hearing aids, walkers, etc.) medications, treatments or other coping mechanisms as well as side effects caused by medication for treatment of conditions when impacting academic performance
- Specific recommendations for reasonable accommodations (such as note takers, extended testing time, sign language interpreters, etc.) necessary for equal access in the academic environment
- Documentation on the professional's letterhead, signed and dated, with contact information, such as address and telephone number
Academic accommodations may not fundamentally alter the nature of an academic program; consequently, some programs will require additional documentation before accommodations can be approved for those classes and assessments. The following programs have provided guidance on this requirement:
- Nursing Programs: State licensing of nurses requires successful performance on the NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN exams, and the Texas Board of Nursing’s guidelines for special accommodations based on ADA considerations are applied to those assessments. Those Texas Board of Nursing policies, further inform the policies followed by the Nursing Programs at Grayson College. Prior to the Spring 2016 semester, these forms and a fuller explanation of these procedures will be available from the Office of Disability Services.
Schedule a Conference
The student and the Coordinator of Disability Services will work together to determine appropriate academic accommodations for the entrance exam, if needed, and college courses.
Submit Approval of Accommodations to Professors
Approval forms are given to students to present to their professors or other college officials. Forms state that students have provided evidence of disability and indicate the specific academic accommodations for which students have been approved.
- Students are responsible for delivering approval forms to their professors or other college officials.
- Some students may opt to receive accommodations in one class, but not receive accommodations in others.
- Approval forms are not retroactive and must be updated each semester. Students submit a written request at the beginning of each semester for which they are enrolled.
- If students with disabilities attempt a class without requesting accommodations, they cannot, unless given special approval by the professor, ask to have accommodations applied to previous course work, exams, or quizzes.
Instructors are asked to read and familiarize themselves with this information.