Educational Accessibility Frequently Asked Questions
- ACCOMODATIONS FOR TESTING AND CLASSES - I have a disability. How can I obtain accommodations
for placement testing and classes. Answer
- PHYSICAL DISABILITY with NO ACCOMMODATIONS REQUIRED - I have a physical disability and do
not need any accommodations. Do I have to see an EA Counselor? Answer
- ADMISSION TO TCC - Will my disability keep me from being
admitted to TCC? Answer
- PRIVACY - Will anyone be told that I have
a disability or need accommodations? Answer
- PROCESS TO RECEIVE ACCOMMODATIONS - What do I have to do to receive accommodations? Answer
- HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE - I am graduating from high school this
year and will need accommodations. What do I do? Answer
- TRANSFER STUDENT - I am transferring from another college
and I have accommodations. Can I get accommodations at TCC? Answer
- FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE - Do I get free classes or other financial
assistance if I have a disability? Answer
- VETERANS - I receive services from Veterans Affairs
Vocational Rehabilitation. Am I still eligible for accommodations? Answer
- TUTORING - How do get tutoring? Answer
- SPECIAL TECHNOLOGY NEEDED - I assistive technology hardware and/or software. How do I get this? Answer
- HOW TO GET TESTED - I am sure I must have a learning disability.
Can I get tested? Answer
- TRANSPORTATION TO TCC - I need transportation to get to school.
Will TCC provide rides? Answer
have a disability and want accommodations for placement testing and classes.
with disabilities or chronic health problems are encouraged to identify themselves
to a Educational Accessibility [EA] Counselor as early as possible. There are EA Counselors
on all campuses. Students should plan to see a EA Counselor as soon as possible, well before the beginning of the semester. Students with documented disabilities may qualify
for an alternate placement testing format and/or academic accommodations such
as more time on tests, sign language interpreting or Braille. Back to Top
I have a physical disability
and do not need any accommodations. Do I have to see a EA Counselor?
Students with physical access concerns are strongly encouraged to meet
with the EA Counselor to learn about specific campus access, parking, and evacuation plans. Back to Top
Will my disability keep me
from being admitted to TCC?
No. Individuals are eligible for admission to TCC if they are high school graduates, or the equivalent, or if they are 18 years of age or older, and are able to benefit academically from study at TCC, as demonstrated by assessments in reading, writing and math. A high school diploma is defined as either a Standard, Modified Standard or Advanced diploma, or a GED. Back to Top
I don't want anyone to know
that I have a disability or need accommodations.
Educational Accessibility maintains confidential contacts and records. Disability
is never indicated on the student's Accommodation Form and is never a part of the student's academic record. With the support of a EA Counselor students receiving accommodations are typically responsible to interact with instructors, tutors and programs regarding implementing accommodations. Back
What do I have to do to receive
You must submit documentation of a disability and your documentation must meet TCC guidelines, unless obtaining such documents creates an undue burden on you and your family.
Your EA Counselor will explain the guidelines or help you obtain
Documentation guidelines for:
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I am graduating from high
school this year and will need accommodations. What do I do?
Be sure that any testing related to your disability has been revised to meet
TCC guidelines. Learning disability documentation must be no older than three
years unless the testing was done after your 18th birthday. Back
I am transferring from another
college and I have accommodations. Can I get accommodations at TCC?
Yes, provided your documentation substantially meets TCC guidelines. Back
Do I get free classes or other
financial assistance if I have a disability?
Beginning July 1, 2012, students who do not have a modified standard, standard, or advanced high school diploma or GED are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid. Other resources may be available to some students with disabilities through the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services or the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired. Students with disabilities who have either a modified standard, standard, or advanced high school diploma or GED follow the same procedures as all TCC students whenapplying for Federal Financial Aid. Back to Top
I receive services from Veterans
Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation. Am I still eligible for accommodations?
Absolutely, make an appointment with your
campus Educational Accessibility Counselor
to provide documentation of your disability
and to discuss your academic accommodations.Back to Top
I just need tutoring.
Each campus provides a tutoring center with free tutoring for TCC students.
Writing centers, math labs, and language labs are available at most campuses.
Academic advising and Career & Transfer Centers can be found at all campuses.
The Grammar Hotline is 822-7170. Back to Top
I need assistive hardware and/or software technology. How do I get this?
TCC has a wide range of assistive technologies on all campuses. Your campus
EA Counselor can provide a list and description of technologies found on all
campuses, and assist you in using these technologies. Back
I am sure I must have a
learning disability. Can I get tested?
The Office of Educational Accessibility may be able to provide an evaluation to students who are enrolled, and qualify for such an evaluation. You may also decide to see a community resource for your evaluation. See your campus Educational Accessibility. Back to Top
I need transportation to
get to school. Will TCC provide rides?
and HandiRide are available to the campuses from designated areas. Handi-Ride service is available to certified passengers with disabilities. To become certified, call HRT at 757-222-6087. For information
and eligibility, contact Hampton Road Transit at 222-6000 or visit the GoHRT web site.
Visit your campus Business Office for parking information.
TCC provides free passes for HRT buses, trains, the ferry and HandiRide services to students who are currently enrolled and whose tuition has been paid. HandiRide passes are only provided to students who are qualified by HRT to use HandiRide. Visit your campus Business Office for more information about free passes and parking information or to the GoPass365 website.