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    Kayla Devora-Jones
    Dean of Student Services & Accessibility
    Phone: (361) 354-2532
    kdjones@coastalbend.edu


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    Katryna Rincon
    Sr. Administrative Assistant
    Phone: (361) 354-2300
    katryna@coastalbend.edu

    R.W. Dirks Student Services Building
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    Disability Services strives to provide access to educational opportunities for students with disabilities. We collaborate with students, faculty and staff of the college community to create accessible and inclusive learning environments. Our goal is to increase awareness and acceptance of individuals with disabilities in support of CBC's mission of providing "educational and life enriching opportunities" for all students.  

    Disability Services Contact   

    Kayla Devora-Jones
    Dean of Student Services & Accessibility 
    R.W. Dirks, Beeville campus 
    Phone:  (361) 354-2532
    Email:  kdjones@coastalbend.edu  
     
     

    How to Request Accommodations

    Disability is defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act as a “physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such individual; a record of such an impairment; or being regarded as having such an impairment.”  Major life activities include, but are not limited to “functions such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working.”    

    Students requesting accommodations should:  

    1. Complete an online CBC Accommodation form.  

        
    2. Provide documentation to the Office of Disability Services from appropriately trained professionals, such as physicians, educational diagnosticians,
      licensed psychologists, psychiatrists, or other qualified professionals (by email to disability@coastalbend.edu or in-person at the Office of Disability
      Services, Dirks 103).
       
       

         
    3. Contact the Office of Disability Services at (361) 354-2300 to schedule an appointment.  

    Determining reasonable and appropriate accommodations is based on documentation submitted as well as a discussion with the student.  The student and the Dean of Student Services & Accessibility will work collaboratively to determine appropriate accommodations for courses.  Documentation becomes part of students' educational records and is protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  

    Students requesting a renewal of accommodations should complete the online CBC Accommodations Renewal form. The Office of Disabilities Services will send the updated accommodation notices to the student's CBC email address.  

    Delivery of Accommodation Approvals to Professors

    The Office of Disability Services issues the student the notice to the professor with approved accommodations for each of their courses for each semester. It is the student's responsibility to issue the accommodation notice to their professors. We encourage students to inform instructors the first week of the semester. Students may choose to discuss their accommodations with their professors, but are never required to disclose their diagnosis to anyone outside the Office of Disability Services.    

    Guidelines for 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 assisting 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, adaptive technology, 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  

     Please note:

    • Accommodation approvals are not retroactive and must be updated each semester.  Students submit an CBC Accommodation form 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 coursework, exams, or quizzes.  

       
    • To complete the accommodation form, you must login with your CBC Office365 (O365) account. If you need any assistance, please feel free to contact us.   

       

    Services Animals

    Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), "service animal" means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition.

    The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual's disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors.

    The crime deterrent effects of an animal's presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.  

      

    28 C.F.R. 35.104     

    FAA (LEGAL) 
     

    Technology: 

    Below is a variety of websites and technology that can assist individuals with disabilities. We are not endorsing any particular product, we simply are sharing resources that are available.  We encourage you to research all options based on diagnosis and recommended accommodations.    

    Accessible books:  

    Bookshare   

    VitalSource   

    Text-to-speech:   

    Natural Readers   

    Read&Write   

    Note taking assistance:

    Sonocent Audio Notetaker   

    Screen readers for blind or low vision:

    JAWS   

    NVDA   

    ZoomText   

    Additional Resources:  

    Autism Speaks - Postsecondary Education   

    National Center for Learning Disabilities   

    National Deaf Center   

    Going to College with Diabetes 

    Texas Workforce Commission- Vocational Rehabilitation for Youth & Students 
     
     

    Faculty Guidelines

    Instructors are encouraged to read and familiarize themselves with the Disability Services and seek out resources such as the UDL resources on the University of Washington's DO-IT website.