Center for Disability
Services Student Handbook
Academic requirements will be modified,
as necessary, to ensure that they do not discriminate against qualified
applicants or currently enrolled students with disabilities. At students'
request, the CDS staff may recommend academic adjustments in compliance with
state and federal mandates. Academic requirements that are essential to programs
of instruction are not considered discriminatory.
These modifications shall not
affect the substance of the educational program or compromise educational
Modifications may include
substitution of specific courses required for the completion of degrees, or the
adaptation of the manner in which specific courses are conducted.
These steps will be followed in
requesting a course substitution:
- Contact the CDS office as to the needed
- The CDS will contact the academic department affected to determine whether or
not the class is essential to the
program and whether a substitution or modification can be made.
Loan of Adaptive Equipment
The CDS office has adaptive equipment and devices available for qualified
students to use. Equipment is loaned out on a
daily, weekly, or semester basis depending on need and demand for equipment by
other students. Students must initially
request to borrow equipment through the CDS. Students must sign an equipment
release agreement, and will be instructed
in the use and care of the equipment. Students are held responsible for
equipment they borrow and must return
equipment by the end of the day, week, or semester. Failure to return equipment
may restrict one from registering for the
Students have the right to express concern if they believe they have been
discriminated against because of their disability.
The college has a student complaint and hearing process in place for
discrimination grievances (See the Moraine Valley
Community College catalog).
Carl Perkins Services
Students enrolled in a career program at Moraine Valley may be eligible for
additional educational support services
provided by the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act.
Students in other career or technical
programs also may be eligible for services.
Under the act, opportunities are provided for students to overcome barriers
(i.e., academic disadvantages, economic
disadvantages, being a non-traditional student, limited English, disabilities)
and successfully integrate their strengths
within society. Support services that students may be entitled to are: tutoring,
interpreters, adapted equipment, notetakers,
and educational and career counseling.
Assistance with special needs includes help to enter a vocational education
program; assessment of special needs;
supplementary services including curriculum and equipment modification,
supportive personal and instructional devices;
academic and career development; and services designed to facilitate transition
from school to postsecondary
employment and career opportunities.
Notification of Return
Students with disabilities who have not registered for classes for one or more
semesters need to notify the CDS of their
return to Moraine Valley, in order to re-activate their services.
Student records are kept on file in the CDS office for a maximum of five years.
After five years student records are
destroyed. Students who have not been registered for five years will need to go
through the admission process again
including providing the CDS with current documentation.
The Center for Disability Services works in conjunction with the Moraine Valley
Community College Foundation to award
the Center for Disability Services Scholarship of $1,000 in the spring of each
year. Applicants must be enrolled at Moraine
Valley, be utilizing the services of the CDS, have a 2.5 or above grade point
average, and have completed six credit hours
prior to the semester in which the award will be received. The applicant must
also be carrying a minimum of six credit
hours during the semester in which the award is disbursed.