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Disability Services Handbook

Disability Services Handbook

Table of Contents, Staff Contact List and Overview

Table of Contents

The policies and procedures for RSCC Disability Services are continually under examination and revision. RSCC Disability Services reserves the right to make changes as required to policies, procedures, and regulations.

Staff Contact List

Please call for an appointment. Please always leave a voice mail, and we will call you back during regular business hours:

Tina Messamore, Technical Clerk
Phone: 865-481-2003
Fax: 865-481-2009
Roane County Campus, Room D-111 (Dunbar Building)
Oak Ridge Campus, Room B-112

Jeff Snell, Counselor
Phone: 865-354-3000 ext. 2274
Oak Ridge Campus, Room B-112

Tracey Watson, Director
Phone: 865-354-3000 ext. 4247
Roane County Campus, Room D-111


Counseling and Disability Services (hereafter referred to as Disability Services) is responsible for coordinating reasonable accommodations for students in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 (as amended in 2008). It states that “no qualified individual with a disability shall, because of that disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by such entity, providing the individual is otherwise qualified.” According to ADA guidelines, “disability” is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities, a record of such impairment, or being regarded as having such impairment.

Any student who has a disability that would like to request reasonable accommodations must contact Disability Services to self-identify, provide appropriate and current documentation of the disability from a qualified individual, as well complete and submit the Self-Disclosure Information Form. Documentation is requested to be no more than five years old. However, older documentation can be submitted and upon review may be sufficient. Participation in disability services is on a voluntary basis, and accommodations are coordinated on a case-by- case basis by Disability Services staff.

In general, a reasonable accommodation is a change or alteration in the educational environment or in the way things are customarily done that enables a qualified student with a disability to enjoy equal access. A reasonable accommodation must not fundamentally alter the program, service, activity, or academic requirements. Students receiving accommodations must meet all admissions, academic, attendance, clinical, and program requirements, and will be expected to show competency in the course material/skills. Please note that personal assistant services are not considered reasonable and are not provided by the college. Accommodations are not retroactive, and they do not roll from semester to semester. An Accommodation Plan Form must be completed for each class every semester


Tina Messamore • (865) 354-3000 ext. 4716 • Click name for email address

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