Perimeter FAQ

Perimeter College FAQs

Students with disabilities who wish to access services may initiate their request by contacting Disability Services. Each Perimeter campus has a designated Disability Services coordinator. Students can expect to meet with the Disability Services coordinator to discuss their academic needs. During the intake process, students will have an opportunity to identify specific academic accommodation requirements. Students will be asked to provide current documentation about their disability.
Colleges and universities are committed to serving all students with disabilities as defined by federal regulations. A qualified person with a disability is defined as an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable modifications to rules, policies or practices; removal or architectural, communication or transportation barriers; or provision of auxiliary aids and services, meets the essential eligibility requirements for the receipt of services or the participation in programs or activities provided by a public entity.
The federal definition of a disability includes a person who:

  • has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person's major life activities;
  • has a record of such impairment or
  • is regarded as having such impairment.

To assist Disability Services with the process of determining whether or not a student qualifies for disability services, students need to provide documentation of a physical or mental impairment that substantially restricts his or her ability to perform a major life function. If a student does not have a physical or mental impairment or has a physical or mental impairment that does not substantially limit a major life activity, the person is not entitled to protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The determination of whether an individual has a disability under ADA is not based upon the name or diagnosis of the impairment, but rather upon the impact of that impairment on the life of the individual.

Disability services are provided based upon students' requests. Since different classes may require different accommodations, it is important that Disability Services look at students' needs on a semester by semester basis. Therefore, services should be requested at least once at the beginning of each semester or at the time a need is identified within a semester.
The use of accommodations in post-secondary institutions is based upon more than just the diagnosis of a disability. It is based upon the severity of impact (functional impact) on a major life activity. This is why documentation for a postsecondary institution should provide more information that just a diagnosis and should address the severity of impact. Another student with the same disability may be impacted differently by his or her disability. Therefore, all accommodations are determined on a case by case basis.
No. Students at postsecondary institutions are considered adults. The agreement for services needs to be made with the person requesting the services and not at the request of a third party. The federal disability laws and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) are clear that institutions should not communicate with anyone but the student regarding his or her academic progress or disability related needs.
No. The purpose of the accommodations is to provide each student with equal access to the information and course content. Given these accommodations, a student who is otherwise qualified should be able to be successful within the context of a normal classroom setting.
Yes. The Disability Services coordinator will assist you in resolving any conflicts that may arise.