By Ryan Therriault, Academic Coordinator, CIP Brevard Center
It’s the beginning of another semester. Students are learning their new schedules and getting to know new roommates. In addition, students attending Brevard Community College (BCC) are buying books, finding classrooms and stopping by the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD).
A student with a documented disability is entitled by law to certain accommodations and the OSD provides these students with a notification form for each instructor stating for which accommodations they are eligible. Most of our students are given accommodations for testing in a quiet area and additional time on tests.
In order for students to be successful, it’s important that they use every opportunity available to help them benefit from their classes. BCC instructors also encourage students to use their accommodations and include information about the OSD in their syllabi.
Here at the Brevard Center we stress self-advocacy and using the OSD is part of the process. Students are responsible for notifying instructors and scheduling exam dates at the OSD. The students are given 2 weeks to get their accommodations signed by their instructors and returned to me. If they are not able to meet this deadline, I assist them in accomplishing this important task.
Although the students may not use the accommodations that they are granted, it is advantageous for the instructors to be aware of the accommodations in place in order to be prepared.