Student Disability Services

Due to the recent impact of the COVID-19, Student Disability Services will provide appointments mainly via telephone (or other remote services as needed to accommodate students with disabilities). We are encouraging students to call (956) 872-2173 or contact us to request a virtual appointment with a Student Disability Services staff person. Thank you.

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In accordance with the requirement of 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) South Texas College will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities. South Texas College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Dept. of Education, the U.S. Dept. of Justice and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Students or prospective students requiring special accommodations should contact the Student Disability Services (SDS) office at 956-872-2173. Accommodation requests must be in writing. Students are required to provide documentation to verify his/her disability before accommodations are provided.

Services and accommodations as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act may include: assessment for special needs, academic advisement, short-term personal counseling, assistance with the admission process, registration, financial aid application, applications for TSI testing accommodations, academic appeals, arrangements for sign language interpreters, tutorial assistance, the use of provision of adaptive equipment, readers, scribes, instructional/testing/classroom modifications, liaison between students, faculty, staff and others, and referral services to other South Texas College departments or outside service providers.

South Texas College is an equal opportunity institution which provides educational opportunities without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or veteran students in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act 1973, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 which prohibits discrimination based on sex.

Each campus has a Counseling and Disability Student Services office contact person and you can contact them at the following phone numbers.

  • Pecan Campus: 956-872-2173
  • Mid-Valley Campus: 956-872-1229
  • Starr County Campus: 956-488-5853
  • Nursing and Allied Health Campus: 956-872-3077
  • Technology Campus: 956-872-6125

Qualifications for a Student with Disability

South Texas College uses the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) as a guide to define disability. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a person with a disability is one who:

  1. has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits a major life activity;
  2. has a record or history of such an impairment; or
  3. is regarded as having such an impairment by an appropriate expert.

Major life activities include, but are not limited to, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, caring for oneself, and performing manual tasks.

These impairments may be present among people with learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, chronic health impairments, attention deficit disorder, diabetes, asthma, physical disabilities, vision, speech, or hearing impairments, or other conditions.

Reasonable Accommodations

A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, job, activity, or facility that enables a qualified individual with a disability to have an equal opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to an individual without a disability. Some common academic accommodations include but not limited to extended time on tests, use of peer note takers, use of computer with spell-check, and provision of sign language interpreters. 

Requesting Accommodation Services

After completing the admissions process students may come in to see a counselor at the campus the student will attend. Students are required to submit medical or supportive documentation of their disability when they come in. Accommodations and procedures for notifying the instructors are discussed with the student.

Requesting Dual Credit Student Disability Services

Dual credit students follow the same procedures and guidelines as other college students. They must disclose their disability to their high school or the college in order to request classroom accommodations.

  • For classes taught by South Texas College faculty at one of our campuses, accommodations can be requested from Counseling and Student Disability Services.
  • For classes taught by South Texas College faculty at a high school, accommodations can be requested from Counseling and Student Disability Services and the college Counselor will coordinate classroom accommodations in collaboration with the student and designated 504/Special Education high school personnel.
  • For classes taught by dual credit faculty at a high school, accommodations can be requested from the designated 504/Special Education high school personnel.

Cost of Services

There is no additional cost to the student for these services.

Academic Accommodations Arrangement

The Student Disability Services has a system for students who anticipate needing any type of accommodations. Students should meet with their instructor(s) in person the first day of class to discuss their need for disability accommodation. To help facilitate this dialogue, Student Disability Services provides students with accommodation memos that identify their academic accommodations and services each term. During the meeting, the student and the instructor should talk about the student's accommodation needs, establish how specified accommodations will be arranged throughout the semester, and explore any questions or concerns that either the student or the instructor have regarding the accommodation plan. Each semester, accommodations will become active as soon as students return the accommodation memo signed by each of their instructors to the Student Disability Services.

Student Disability Services are provided based upon disability requests of the student. Since different classes may require different accommodations it is important to look at a student's needs on a semester by semester basis. Services, therefore, must be requested at least once at the beginning of each semester or at the time a need is identified within a semester. Every semester students must pick up their accommodation memo at the Student Disability Services. 

Special Parking

Special parking for students with disabilities is provided at each campus. You must have a South Texas College disability parking sticker on your vehicle in order to use these parking spaces. Proof of disability is required for you to obtain a disability parking sticker. For more information contact the South Texas College Department of Public Safety at 956-872-4444.

Attendant Care Services

South Texas College does not provide or arrange for personal attendant care but, South Texas College will provide the student with a list of agencies that provide this service.

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