Access-Ability Services is the name of the Kingsborough Community College office, which assists students with disabilities and ensures that the 504/ADA standards are upheld for the benefit of Kingsborough Community College students.
Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states that No otherwise qualified person with a disability ......shall, solely on the basis of disability, be denied access to, or the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity provided by any institution receiving federal financial assistance.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guarantees people with disabilities access to employment, public accommodations, transportation, public services and telecommunications.
Read more about the ADA laws.
According to ADA, a person has a disability if he/she has a
- limitation of major life activity such as walking, seeing, hearing, arm/hand use, learning, breathing, functioning with energy; or
- record of the limitation; or
- reputation of having the limitation.
Disabilities fall under the following general categories:
- Visible physical disabilities (can be seen by others) such as mobility disabilities, visual disabilities at the higher end, upper extremity disabilities (hand/arm).
- Hidden or invisible physical disabilities such as hearing, asthma, cardiac conditions, diabetes, sickle cell anemia, kidney complications. Hidden disabilities may become visible in response to a trigger (example: asthmatic attacks).
- Learning differences which include dyslexia (reading), dysgraphia (writing), and dyscalculia (math).
- Neurological disorders such as ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder), Aspergers, Traumatic Brain Disorder and epilepsy.
- Psychological/psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia
Under Section 504/ADA, universities and colleges are required to provide accessibility to students with disabilities (SWDs) for all academic services and programs. Access is provided by means of reasonable accommodations. Access-Ability Services is the Office that ensures that students with disabilities have access to reasonable accommodations.
- Students who are eligible for reasonable accommodations should present documentation to the intake counselor in Access-Ability Services.
- Students usually self-identify or are referred by professors or others.
- Participation in the program is voluntary.
- Records of students in the program are confidential.
- Every student who seeks accommodations and/or services is assigned a counselor.
- Counselors are available by appointment to provide academic and career planning, personal counseling, study skill development, registration assistance, and the provision of reasonable accommodations.
- Counselors encourage students to develop self-advocacy skills.
- Counselors also may make on- and off-campus referrals, when appropriate.
- Tutors are available to provide individualized tutoring as a service to students who request and who need it.