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Disability Support Services

The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) defines a person with a disability as anyone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major activities such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.  In addition to those people who have visible disabilities, people who are blind, deaf, or use a wheelchair, the definition includes people with a whole range of invisible disabilities.  These include psychological problems, learning disabilities, and some chronic health impairments such as attention deficit, epilepsy, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, cardiac problems, HIV/AIDS, and more.  The ADA covers a person who has a disability, has a record of disability, or is regarded as having a disability. Documentation of the disability is required to receive accommodations. 

Students with disabilities are responsible for self-identification; all discussions with Disability Support Services will remain confidential.  The student must contact Disability Support Services in the Counseling Department in Amherst Hall, room 2117.

Office hours are Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Appointments may be made in person or by phone at the following numbers: 

1-800-562-3060, ext. 7800
VA RELAY 711 (for the hearing impaired) 

Accommodations are planned and placed on an individual basis, preferably 6–8 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester in which accommodations are needed.  Current documentation of the disability from a qualified professional must be presented to the counselors for determination of proper services.  An Individual Education Plan (IEP) cannot be accepted as the main source of documentation.  Academic adjustments may include, but are not limited to[,] educational auxiliary assistance, assistive technology, interpreters, and text materials.

All course syllabi will include the following statement:

Students with Disabilities - It is CVCC’s policy to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified students with documented disabilities. Our goal is to help students succeed in this course. If you have a documented physical, mental, or learning disability and you need a reasonable accommodation to help you achieve success, please contact Student Support Services, in The Counseling Center, room 2117, phone: (434) 832-7802 or (434) 832-7299 or email To best provide the accommodation you need, make this request as soon as possible, since accommodations cannot be made to change a grade you have received for course work already completed.

The Disability Support Services Department consults with faculty, staff, and departments about related rights and responsibilities, provides training, and assists faculty, staff, students, and guests with specific accommodation needs.  Students who believe they have been discriminated against based on disability may seek relief through the ADA Grievance Procedure.  This form may be obtained at the Counseling Department.

The Disability Support Services website contains information related to accommodations, the faculty toolbox, and frequently asked questions.  For questions about Disability Support Services, call (434) 832-7800, or email counselingdept@cvcc.vccs.eduor visit the Counseling Department in Room 2117.

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