The Disability Services Office provides students with disabilities equal access to all programs, facilities, and activities at LBC, and also helps promote self-advocacy skills. LBC is committed to providing effective accommodations for all qualified students with disabilities under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and their amendments.Reasonable accommodations are determined on an individual, case-by-case basis after submission of documentation to the Director of the Disability Services Office. The Disability Services Office is located on the Lancaster campus.
Adults with disabilities who wish to receive accommodations must self-identify to the Director of Disability Services (DS). Students who have been identified with a disability may present evidence of that disability. An IEP or 504 Plan may be sufficient to establish disability. However, the student may also provide psycho-educational assessments as further support for determining appropriate accommodations. All documentation is treated as confidential information under FERPA guidelines.
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The DS Director will review the material and, if adequate for determining eligibility, an “intake interview” will be scheduled with the student. The interview may be conducted by phone or email. The Director will identify accommodations needed in each particular class and for campus activities and programs. Once determined, the accommodations are affective immediately for that specific term and are provided as a means of ensuring access to all programs for which the student is “otherwise qualified.” The Director will assist in communicating the student’s needs to faculty.
Accommodations do not automatically carry over from one term to the next; immediately upon registration for new courses, students must inform the DSO so that appropriate accommodations can be determined and faculty can receive notification.
Accommodations which are requested after the term has begun have no bearing on academic grades earned prior to the request. The student bears the consequences of failing to request accommodations in a timely manner; retroactive accommodations cannot be granted.Accommodations which alter a program’s purposes, necessary requisite skills, or licensing and/or accreditation standards are not considered “reasonable” under the law and cannot be granted.