Disability Services

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, all qualified students with a disability (as defined under the law) are eligible for reasonable accommodations in the academic environment that enables the qualified individual to enjoy equal access to the college's programs, services or activities. The college is not required to provide any aid or service that would result in a fundamental alteration to the nature of the program.

The Disability Services office provides disability consultation, advocacy and the coordination of support services and accommodations for all qualified students with disabilities. Services and accommodations are determined individually based on disability documentation.

Missouri Valley College is committed to promoting the full participation of all qualified students with disabilities in all aspects of campus life. Students with disabilities are required to meet the same academic standards as other students at the college. It is only through a student's voluntary disclosure of their disability and request for accommodations that MVC can support disability needs. Students who have a disability and wish to make a request for disability related accommodations or services must do so through the Disability Services office. Students are encouraged to register with the Disability Services office prior to arrival on campus for the upcoming semester.

Bring documentation with you that verifies your disability. Disability documentation must include a written evaluation from a physician, psychologist or other qualified specialist that establishes the nature and extent of the disability and includes the basis for the diagnosis and the dates of testing. The documentation must establish the current need for an accommodation.

The type of documentation will vary according to the disability; for example, a psycho-educational or neuropsychological assessment that includes cognitive and achievement testing for learning or other cognitive disabilities and attention deficit disorder; a psychiatrist's report for psychological disabilities; a letter from a doctor or other specialist for physical and most other disabilities etc.

Documentation may need to be updated or augmented in order to be reviewed more fully. Students who submit documentation that does not meet the guidelines will be required to send an updated evaluation before being considered for services. After documentation has been presented, accommodations will be determined on a cases by case basis pursuant to an interactive process between MVC and the student.

IEP's and Section 504 plans do not dictate accommodations or services at the college level, however, IEP's and Section 504 plans may be appropriate in some circumstances at the college level.

Disability accommodations can be requested at any time but are not retroactive. Students will not be able to re-do assignments or re-take exams with accommodations that they originally took before they asked for and received accommodations.

A student can self-identify by contacting the ADA Coordinator:
Debbie Coleman
Disability Services Coordinator
Located in the Student Success Center
Phone: (660) 831-4170