Students with Disabilities

Definition of Disability

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, provides the foundation for equal access for students with disabilities. Under this law, qualified individuals with disabilities are defined as persons with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which was amended in 2009 furthers civil rights of persons with disabilities by mandating equal education opportunity. Atlanta Technical College complies with these laws to serve students with disabilities.

A Person with a Disability:

  • Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more life activities
  • Has a record of such an impairment
  • Is regarded as having such impairments

Types Of Accommodations

This is a list of possible accommodations that might be offered to students with disabilities at Atlanta Technical College, relevant to their diagnosed disability. If you have any questions or need additional information, my contact information is listed below:

  • use of an electronic spell checker for classroom tests, quizzes, and writing assignment
  • use of a calculator
  • magnification/visual aid/large print
  • extended time on tests and quizzes (including final exams)
  • interpreter (sign language)
  • note-taker
  • testing room with minimal distractions
  • facilities modification
  • equipment modification
  • special test administration
  • special test materials
  • assistive listening devicc
  • reserved seating (front row, back row, near exit, etc.)
  • permission to tape lectures
  • others as recommended by specialist in conjunction with the ADA Coordinator