Overview

The Office of Disability Services provides information, resources, and support services to students with disabilities at Georgia Tech. Additionally, we strive to be a resource to the faculty and staff at the Institute. Faculty and staff play a very important role in promoting access for students with disabilities, and our office is happy to provide assistance when challenges arise. On this page, you will find information that we hope will answer many of your questions regarding serving students with disabilities.

Disability Services provides students with information and support. Assistance is also available to the Institute for meeting the requirements of ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Disability Services assists students self-identifying as having a disability. Official documentation of disability is required to determine eligibility for accommodations or adaptations that may be helpful on campus.

Staff members in Disability Services serve as full-time advocates for students with disabilities. Their role is to ensure that all students have physical and programmatic access to all college programs, thereby enhancing their interactions in all activities of the campus community.

Procedures for Providing Accommodations

Any student requesting accommodations as a result of a disability should be referred to the Office of Disability Services. Once referred, the Disability Services staff will work with that student to arrange for appropriate accommodations. The student will then receive an accommodation letter detailing their necessary accommodations and should make arrangements to meet with each instructor to review this letter. Should there be any discrepancies with the letter; a call should be placed to the Disability Services staff.

Please review testing policies for students and note changes to policies effective September 30, 2015

Equal Opportunity and Fairness

The issue of fairness and classroom accommodations is often raised. Classroom accommodations provide an opportunity for students with disabilities to compete on equal ground with the other students in the class. Accommodations for students with disabilities are a civil right and are protected by federal law. Accommodations are prescribed on an individual basis based on the students need and the disability documentation through the Office of Disability Services. Accommodations are never frivolous or arbitrary. Accommodations ensure students complete access to and full participation in the educational process and require no adjustments to the evaluation of academic performance. Rather, accommodations allow a student with a disability to truly learn the material presented and for an instructor to fairly evaluate the student's understanding of the course material.

Documentation

All students with disabilities are required to provide appropriate documentation of his or her disability to the Office of Disability Services. The right to privacy and the sensitive nature of this issue are protected by not releasing the specific disability in the accommodation letter provided by Disability Services. The accommodation letter serves as the student's official institute documentation that they are eligible students with a disability, and therefore, entitled to effective and reasonable accommodations. If at any time, there are questions about any student with a disability in your class, you are encouraged to discuss your questions with our staff. All questions should be directed to the Office of Disability Services, not the student.

Reasonable Accommodation

Federal legislation  (ADA and Section 504) guarantee individuals the individual civil right to be accommodated in the classroom. Once the accommodations are identified, they must be provided to the student. Many accommodations are easily administered. If assistance is needed, contact the Office of Disability Services at 404-894-2563. We strive to make the accommodation process simple and effective for both the student and the faculty member.

Faculty Administrative Guide

Teaching Assistant Administrative Guide