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​Acce​ss and Disability Resources - FAQ

What is a disability?

An individual with a disability is any person who:

  1. Has a physical, mental or emotional impairment, that substantially or materially limits one or more of their major life activities.
  2. A disability can be temporary (e.g., broken arm) or permanent (e.g., autism). Disabilities that are either temporary or permanent are not exclusive to these examples.

What does Disability Law say?

There are several laws that address Saint Paul College's responsibilities regarding individuals with disabilities. These include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA of 1990 and ADAAA of 2008), the Rehabilitation Act, and the Minnesota Human Rights Act.

Saint Paul College values diversity in our college community and is committed to providing an inclusive learning experience for students with disabilities. Saint Paul College offers accessible activities and services with or without accommodations.

What are reasonable accommodations?

Accommodations are modifications to the ways in which things are usually done. The purpose of effective accommodations is to provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate and benefit from Saint Paul College.

Reasonable accommodations can be provided in various ways. The following are brief descriptions and examples of the most common categories of accommodations that permit a student with a disability to effectively participate in the educational process:

  1. Modifications to classroom materials. These examples might include materials in alternative formats such as large print, audio, or Braille.
  2. Mitigating physical barriers in the classroom by providing adaptive classroom furniture such as a lift desk or high-back chair.
  3. Providing Assistive technology to reduce academic barriers. These examples might include providing a note taking device, a recording device, or screen reader software.
  4. ASL interpreting services are available to students who are deaf or hard of hearing in the classrooms and for other Saint Paul College sponsored events.

What are some of the most common disabilities that Access and Disability Resources accommodates?

Some of the most common disabilities Access and Disability Resources accommodates are:

  1. attention deficit disorders (ADD, ADHD)
  2. Autism Spectrum Disorders
  3. anxiety/depression

How do I register with Access & Disability Resources?

Students seeking accommodations can register with Access and Disability Resources at any point during the semester by contacting the office at 651.350.3008 or accessresources@saintpaul.edu. Accommodations are not retroactive and students are encouraged to meet with the staff of Access and Disability Resources prior to the start of each semester.

What kinds of services or accommodations are not provided?

There are some accommodations that Saint Paul College do not provide. Examples include:

  1. personal devices such as wheelchairs or glasses.
  2. personal services such as private tutoring, PCA, or paraprofessionals in the classroom.
  3. modifications that lower or change the essential learning outcomes of a course or program.

When should I request reasonable accommodations?

New students should meet with the staff of Access and Disability Resources as part of the admissions process. If students would like accommodations for the placement exam, please contact Access and Disability Resources prior to the scheduled exam date.

Returning students are encouraged to meet with the staff of Access and Disability Resources after registering for classes.

What if I have a concern about my accommodations or access to programs, services or activities?

If your accommodations do not meet your needs or have been denied, you are encouraged to notify Access & Disability Resources in a timely manner to address your concerns.

If a resolution has not been reached after meeting with the staff of Access and Disability Resources, students can file a complaint utilizing Saint Paul College’s formal grievance process here: https://www.saintpaul.edu/fileareport

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