Process to Receive Accommodations


If you are a student with a disability and require accommodations, it is your responsibility to request these services from Support Services since Federal law prohibits the college from making pre-admission inquiries about disabilities. It is best to be registered for classes before applying for accommodations.

Steps to apply for accommodations:

  1. Complete our intake forms, starting with the Student Intake Form (opens new window). Once saved, complete the Disability Intake Form and Accommodations Intake Form. You may also upload documentation.
    If a paper copy is needed, email supportservices@abtech.edu or pick one up at the Bailey Student Service Center.
  2. Meet with a Support Services Advisor in person (opens new window) or via zoom (opens new window).
  3. Provide documentation (pdf opens new window) of the disability or disabilities that may impact your college experience. For examples, refer to Documentation Guidelines (opens new window). The disclosure of this information is voluntary and is not used for admission purposes. You may bring your documentation to Bailey Student Services or email supportservices@abtech.edu.
    If you don't have documentation, still contact us so we can review your options.

If all steps above are complete, and the student is eligible to receive accommodations for disabilities, the Support Services Advisor approves accommodations for each class in which the student is enrolled. Some accommodations may require more documentation and more time to coordinate.

Then an Accommodation Letter is emailed to the instructor(s) and student. Students are encouraged to email/talk with their instructor(s) about their accommodations. The Support Services staff are available for faculty consultation and meetings with students and faculty upon request.

 

Confidentiality Statement

In accordance with the law and with sound ethical counseling practice, specific information regarding a student's particular disability will not be shared with a third party without the student's express permission to do so unless requested by the College attorney or if required by law. By completing the request forms, the student is giving permission to disclose information regarding the need for accommodations, but not about their specific disability. It is the student's right not to disclose specific information regarding their disability to instructors. If a student would like Support Services staff to disclose any educational information to anyone other than the student, please complete the college's Release of Information form (pdf opens new window).

 

Existing Students

Students who have had accommodation letters with A-B Tech: Remember to request your letters when you register each semester at supportservices@abtech.edu.

 

High School/Dual-Enrolled Students

There are differences between high school and college accommodations. If you are a high school dual enrolled, middle college, or early college student, then you have to request accommodations through Support Services for your college classes. Please see the Differences Between High School and College Accommodations (pdf opens new window) handout to compare the differences.

 

Accommodations at A-B Tech - Student Version

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Accommodations at A-B Tech - Parent & Counselor Version

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Visitors

Visitors to campus or campus events who need accommodations (like ASL interpreter), please contact supportservices@abtech.edu at least a week prior to the event to determine accommodations.

 

Accessible Parking

All lots on campus have designated parking spaces for individuals with disabilities. Individuals must display the State of North Carolina Disability Placard to park in these spaces. If students or employees need temporary permission to use a handicapped designated space (i.e. while in process of applying or for short-term situations like a broken leg), please visit the link below and submit the form to the Department of Transportation. A-B Tech does not distribute placards or decide who receives them.

Application for Temporary Handicapped Placard (pdf opens new window)

Please refer all other parking questions to A-B Tech Police at (828) 279-3166.

 

Mission and Goals of Disability Support Services

Support Services assures program access to Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College by students with disabilities. Its goals are:

  1. To coordinate and provide reasonable accommodations and related disability services.
  2. To advocate responsibly for an accessible and hospitable learning environment through the removal of informational, physical, and attitudinal barriers.
  3. To promote self-determination and personal responsibility for students with disabilities.
  4. To provide training and support to faculty and staff regarding the needs of students with disabilities.
  5. To provide the College with information regarding Disability issues.
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