• Disability Services Policies & Procedures to Determine Eligibility for Services


  • Support Services

    Individuals who are seeking support services from Mt. Hood Community College Disability Services Office are required to submit documentation to verify eligibility under Sections 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Under the ADA and Section 504, individuals with disabilities are guaranteed certain protections and rights to equal access to programs and services. Eligibility for accommodations is determined on a case-by-case basis upon receipt of the documentation. An individual must provide recent and appropriate documentation. The documentation should provide an assessment of the current impact of the disability on academic performance.

    Documentation

    Students should submit documentation of the disability to the Disability Services Office to determine eligibility.  The documentation of the disability must adequately verify the nature and extent of the disability in accordance with current professional standards and techniques, and it must clearly substantiate the need for all of the student’s specific accommodation requests.  Students requesting accommodations for more than one disability must provide documentation for each disability that supports their requests for accommodations. The documentation must be from a psychiatrist, psychologist, mental health counselor, social worker, or medical doctor, signed and on letterhead, stating the diagnosis and symptoms, and the impact of the disability on your learning.

    Learning Disability

    Students should submit their most recent L.D. Assessment including I.Q. and Achievement Tests.  Individualized Education Programs (IEP) and 504 plans provide helpful information, but maybe insufficient to establish the rationale for accommodations.  In some cases, a summary of Performance documents including I.Q. and Achievement testing can be used for documentation.

    Incomplete Documentation

    If the original documentation is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability or reasonable accommodation, MHCC has the discretion to require additional documentation.  Any cost incurred is the responsibility of the student.

     

    It is important to note that Mt. Hood Community College does not do any type of testing or assessment of disabilities.