AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
Introduction and Procedural Safeguards
Metro Technology Centers, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act OF 1973 insures: “No qualified person with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity which receives or benefits from Federal financial assistance.”
- It is the policy of Metro Technology Centers not to discriminate on the basis of disability in its educational programs or activities.
- Accommodation for a disabled student is not about assuring success but about ensuring equal access to a program.
- A student seeking enrollment in a Metro Technology Center class, full-time or short-term, can request accommodations if they have a legitimate, documented disability (mental or physical impairment which substantially affects the student’s academic achievement).
- Students must provide documentation of disability such as doctor’s statements, medical records, medical evaluations, Voc-Rehab assessments, etc.
- An adult student served by special education services in high school must provide documentation (copy of IEP, eligibility and psychological assessment) and request accommodations as an adult.
- Students requesting accommodations must meet attendance requirements and participate in the program without being disruptive to the learning environment.
- Documentation and information about accommodation for a particular student is confidential and will be made available on a need-to-know basis only.
- Disabilities include “invisible disabilities” such as learning disabilities, chemical sensitivity, medical conditions, or temporary conditions resulting from accident or health related, etc.
- Illegal drug use, whether recreational or habitual, is not protected under ADA.
- The school will provide accommodations only if:
1) The student requests accommodations.
2) The student needs accommodation to gain equal access to a program.
3) Proper and sufficient documentation is presented with the request for accommodation.
4) The team, consisting of but not limited to counselor, teacher, administrative
representative, and Special Needs representative, review documentation and approve requested accommodations.
- Reasonable accommodations are not appropriate for a student under these circumstances:
1) The student or the student’s behavior poses a direct threat to the health and safety of the others;
2) A substantial change to an essential element of the curriculum has been requested for consideration;
3) A substantial change in the manner in which you provide educational opportunity
(separate facilities, home-based instruction, etc.) has been requested for consideration; or
4) The requested accommodation presents an undue financial or administrative burden.
- Students disagreeing with the decisions reached by school personnel for accommodations necessary for access to educational programming and/or facilities may request a hearing before an impartial hearing officer.
Title IX Coordinator:
Business Conference Center Room B7