Disability Services

Disability Services coordinates University services to students with special needs and maintains appropriate documentation and records for students with disabilities.  

For information on Disability Services, please contact Counseling and Disability Services (843) 208-8264 or disability@uscb.edu.


Disabilities Services is one of the support services provided by the Student Development Division.  The University of South Carolina Beaufort believes academically qualified individuals with disabilities should have equal opportunity and access to a quality college education.  We are actively involved in fostering an environment that encourages full participation by students with disabilities in every segment of the University.  Disabilities Services facilitates services and accommodations to meet the various needs of students with disabilities at the University, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Learn the differences between disability services in high school and college.

All students must meet the same admissions criteria.  Our office does not determine the acceptance of students to USCB.  For further information on admission requirements, please contact Admissions at (843) 208-8055.

Services and Accommodations

A range of individualized support services and accommodations are available to students with documented disabilities who are registered with Disability Services. The accommodations are based on the nature and extent of each student's disability. Accommodations and services are determined through confidential interviews with the Director.  Some of the services and accommodations include:

  • Classroom reassignments for access

  • Extended time for tests

  • Note takers

  • Exam scribes

  • Letters prepared to instructors

  • Referral to area testing professionals

Classroom Accessibility 

Students with documented disabilities may request that adaptive equipment be placed in the classroom as a reasonable accommodation.  When the room itself is not accessible to a student, the course may be moved to an accessible location.  Students needing these accommodations should register during the official registration period and notify Disability Services of any necessary accommodations at least 30 working days prior to the first day of class.This will ensure that Disability Services has ample time to honor the request and notify other students and faculty affected by the change.

Documentation

Any student requesting accommodations on the basis of a disability must provide current written documentation of the disability and its impact on student life to the Director of Disabilities Services.  The Director and the student will meet to determine appropriate accommodations based on the documentation and on the requirements of the program or class in which the student is participating.  Documentation may be provided by a physician or another licensed professional in a field appropriate to the disability.  Examples of other licensed professionals are a psychologist, vocational rehabilitation counselor, audiologist or speech pathologist. Students may need to have a release between their physician, psychologist, or other professional and Disability Services on file to facilitate clarification of any written documentation.  Although an Individual Education Plan (IEP) from high school may provide helpful information, it may not be an accepted source of documentation unless it includes results of recent specified tests.


The following criteria serve as a guideline for documentation:

  1. Must be typed on letterhead.

  2. Must state qualifications of doctor.

  3. Must include a detailed description of the disability, including a DSM code. The doctor will be familiar with these. Should also include the date of diagnosis.

  4. Must include a detailed description of how the disability affects you. The doctor should provide information on the student's current condition and how this condition interferes with or impacts the ability to participate in the educational process.

  5. If applicable, should include medical information relating to the impact of medication and/or treatment on the student's ability to participate in all aspects (classroom, extracurricular activities, etc.) of the academic environment.

  6. The doctor should include any recommendations he/she may have for appropriate accommodations within the context of the university environment.

 

The First Step

The first step is to let us know that you are here!  Do not assume that your previous school has notified us, as this is confidential information.  If you have been admitted to USCB and have been diagnosed with a disability, you may be eligible for accommodations through our office.  Our office does not provide testing services, but can provide a list of area professionals who do testing.

The Process

  1. Recent documentation of the specific disability should be presented to our office. It can be hand carried, mailed or faxed.

  2. If mailing or faxing, please call to confirm it has been received and set up an Intake Interview with the Director.

  3. Arrive at the Intake Interview prepared to complete an Intake Survey and to talk about yourself, your disability and any other information that may be helpful for your success in college.  During this Interview, your educational background and future career goals will be discussed and decisions will be made about accommodations that best match your needs and our resources.

  4. Letters to your instructors will be prepared for you to submit to them.

  5. A confidential file will be maintained in Disability Services containing the above information.

USC Columbia Student Disability Services

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
For expanded/additional information about disabilities services.

 

Disability Services