Up & Coming Weekly

November 14, 2017

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NOVEMBER 15 - 21, 2017 UCW 19 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM FTCC's disability support services office encourages pursuit of dreams by CASEY GROOVER EDUCATION Have you ever wanted to attend college but felt as if your disability prohibited you from accomplishing your academic goals? If you answered yes, now is the time to pursue your educational dreams. Fayetteville Technical Community College renders its services to students who require accommodations based on mental, emotional or physical impairments through its own Disability Support Services Office. e DSSO is an exclusive entity within Student Services at FTCC and, as a renowned equal opportu- nity learning and educational institution, takes great pride in assisting students online and on campus who have disabilities. e academic rigor of curricu- lum courses does not change based on the diagnosis or disorder of the student. e services and accom- modations provided by the department are imple- mented to promote fairness within education. e purpose of quality education is to retain knowledge and to foster career opportunities through a mastery level of academic retention. FTCC policies and procedures, which can be found on the FTCC website, comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Sec- tion 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. It is essential to FTCC that its students do not undergo discrimination or exclusion from participating in college events and programs and that they are not denied curriculum or non-curriculum educational activities and opportunities based on any form of a medically diagnosed disability. All prospective students applying to FTCC are welcome to visit the DSSO to obtain information before enrolling into programs offered at FTCC. e team will be glad to answer any questions regard- ing ADA compliance and services provided to the public. When applying to FTCC, future students are provided with information about where and how to apply for disability services. Once a student submits the proper documentation through the DSSO, ac- commodations will be granted immediately. e DSSO promptly sends accommodations to faculty members after the student completes required procedures. It is later the student's re- sponsibility to follow a simple step-by-step process to renew accommodations for each semester. e appropriate documents to receive and to main- tain academic accommodations consist of a valid medical evaluation that must come from a licensed psychological or medical provider within the last five years. If students cannot provide required medi- cal information, some temporary services may be determined and arranged on a case-by-case basis. ose receiving services provided by the DSSO should have no concern about their data being vulnerable to public exposure, as the department responsibly guarantees secure, ethical and legal protocols for protecting students' welfare. Students' medical information is protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and is considered confidential. e DSSO is located at the Tony Rand Student Center, Room 127. Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time so that we may respond to questions or concerns regarding student accommodations, ADA compliance or professional assistance. At FTCC, student success is our No. 1 priority. We look forward to working with you. CASEY GROOVER, FTCC DSS Coordinator. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomingweekly. com. (910) 484-6200. e Disability Support Services Office is an exclusive entity within Student Services at FTCC. Pa i d f o r b y C i n d y B l a c k we l l f o r C l e r k o f Co u r t Experienced. Qualified. Committed. the PEOPLE'S CLERK

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