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Accessibility Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of documentation is needed?

Documentation should have information about current functional limitations and the specific impact on learning. Prospective students should use the linked Disability Verification Form or pick them up from the Accessibility Services. These forms must be completed by a qualified professional and faxed or mailed to DDS. Walk-ins are also welcomed to drop off documentation.

What is the purpose of accessibility accommodations?

There are no special classes/programs designated for students with disabilities. The purpose of the accommodations is to provide each student with equal access to the information and course content. Given these accommodations, a student who is otherwise qualified should be able to be successful within the context of a normal classroom setting.

Can the student request an accommodation directly from my professor without first meeting with the Accessibility Services?

Individual instructors have no obligation to accommodate a student until they are approved for services by Accessibility Services.

Does the student have to disclose their accessibility to anyone at Sinclair?

No, however, if they want to receive academic accommodations, and/or auxiliary aids they must identify themselves to the Accessibility Services and provide documentation of the disability. Accommodations and services cannot be provided retroactively.

Does the Accessibility Services test for learning disabilities and/or ADD/ADHD?

No, however, a list of community resources for this service can be obtained from our office.

Who qualifies for Accessibility Services?

Sinclair is committed to serving all students with disabilities as defined by federal regulations. The federal definition of a disability includes a person who:

  • Has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities.
  • Has a record of such impairment, or
  • Is regarded as having such impairment.

The determination of whether an individual has a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is not based upon the diagnosis of the impairment, but rather upon the impact of that impairment on the life of the individual.