Transitioning with Disabilities

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Courtney Piekarski
Special Services Office
Dr. H. A. Miller Student Services Center
Clovis Community College
417 Schepps Blvd.
Clovis, NM 88101

Call: 575.769.4099

Hours of Operation
During the semester
Monday through Thursday
from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Between semesters
Monday through Friday
from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

College is different from high school for students with disabilities...

You are the key to initiating and implementing your disability services ("Special Services") in the post-secondary setting.

  1. You must ask and you must tell
    Outreach is done to ask you to identify yourself, but it is not Clovis Community College's (CCC's) responsibility to discover if you are a student with a disability. In order to ensure your right to equal access to our facilities and programs, you are asked to self-identify in the Special Services Office to set the accommodation process in motion.
  2. You must provide documentation of your disability
    CCC has the right to require that you provide acceptable documentation of your disability. Documentation will be accepted if it is current (usually within three to five years), comprehensive, and conducted by an appropriate professional practitioner. If you have any questions about appropriate documentation or how to pursue documentation please contact Special Services at 575.769.4098.
  3. Accommodations are balanced with the essential integrity of the academic program
    Essential degree or class requirements are not adapted to fit the student's ability at the post-secondary level. Instead, accommodations are made to ensure equal access to CCC facilities, services, and programs. Accommodations are individualized based on the documentation provided, and designed to provide students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in the post-secondary setting.
  4. You make the decisions, not your parents/guardians
    Students must self advocate to make the accommodation process successful. Provision of services and academic accommodations is a cooperative agreement between the student and the college. While your parent may have an active advising role if you so desire, your parent will not be called or consulted by Special Services about your accommodation needs. The student must make all requests for services.
  5. You will not have a special teacher or tutor
    CCC provides necessary and reasonable accommodations for a disability. You will not have someone that you will see regularly who will make sure that you have finished your homework or have attended class. Use of accommodations on a student's part is voluntary. You may use any of the services agreed upon, however, this means you must continue to initiate use. Special Services does not seek you out to make sure you are using the accommodations.
  6. Your instructor may or may not call
    Although an instructor may call Special Services if they have concerns, the office will neither routinely call your instructors to check on your progress nor call to check on the implementation of a requested academic accommodation. Your success is ultimately your responsibility. If you have concerns about your status in a class or the implementation of your accommodations, please discuss them with your instructor and/or Special Services, and we will work together to address them in the appropriate manner.
  7. You must learn on your own more than ever before
    You will be spending far less time with instructors and in the classroom but much more will be required of you outside the classroom. During your first semester, you should spend an average of 12 hours a week in class but no less than 24 hours a week reading and studying on your own. Because you now have much more unstructured time, you will need to manage it wisely in order to succeed. There are many services and supports at CCC to help you successfully transition and manage post-secondary life, including a Freshman Seminar course (ACS 102) recommended your first semester, free tutoring, peer mentoring, and TRiO Student Support Services.
*Adapted from Susie Wood, Director of Disability Services, Longwood University