Topic outline

  • Module 1: The Laws

    This module will address the following laws as they pertain to serving students with disabilities:

    1. Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

    2. ADA Amendments of 2008

    3. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

    4. Higher Education Opportunities Act

    5. Persons with Disabilities Protection Act (NCGS Ch. 168A.)

    6. U.D. Departnem t of Eduation: Dear Colleague Letter, June 29, 2010 & FAQs

    7. FERPA

    8. Differences in Post-secondary eduation and K-12 (IDEIA)

    9. Carl Perkins Act for Career and Technical Education

    • Module 2: Rights and Responsibilities

      This module will address the following:

      1. Student Rights and Responsibilities

      2. College Rights and Responsibilities

      3. Confidentiality Issues

      4. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

      5. Expectations of Disability Services Office (AHEAD program standards)

      • Module 3: Etiquette

        This module will focus on the following topics:

        1. Person First Language

        2. General Behavior

        3. Hearing Impairment

        4. Visual Impairment

        5. Speech Impairment

        6. Cognitive Impairment

        7. Mobility/Wheelchair Users

        8. Service Animals (OCR letter with FAQs and NC Statute Ch. 168)

      • Module 4: Disability Categories and Recommended Accommodations

        This module will address the following disability categories:

        1. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

        2. Autism

        3. Blind/Visual Impairment

        4. Deafness/Hearing Impairment

        5. Intellectual Disabilities

        6. Learning Disabilities

        7. Physical Disabilities

        8. Psychological Disorders

        9. Speech and Language Disorders

        10. Traumatic Brain Injury

        11. Other Disorders

        • Module 5: Disability Services Documentation

          This module will provide information on the types of documentation required in serving students with disabilities.

          1. Documentation Guidelines (AHEAD references)

          2. Examples

          3. Best Practices

          4. Process denying accommodations

        • Module 6: Accommodation Information

          This module will provide information that will assist in the collaboration with faculty in creating accommodation plans. The following topics will be addressed:

          1. Addressing Technical Standards

          2. Tutoring Services

          3. Request for Note-takers

          4. Request for Special Test Administration

          5. Quiz Accommodations

          6. Working with Facilities Staff and Faculty

          7. Denying Accommodation Requests

          8. Policies for Make-up Work and Absences

          • Module 7: Tips for Student Success

            This module will provide helpful tips and strategies for Disability Service faculty and instructors to effectively work with students with disabilities. The topics addressed are:

            1. Person First Language

            2. Student Advocacy

            3. List of Strategies for Instructors

            • Module 8: Assistive Technology Resources

              This module will provide assistive technology resources available to colleges and processes for purchasing and loaning equipment. The following information will be addressed:

              1. Purchasing Equipment and Loan Process

              2. Communication Devices

              3. Technology for Reading

              4. Technology for Writing

              5. Technology for Mathematics

              • Module 9: Online Resources

                This module will provide useful online resources to the Disability Service faculty to connect the professional with information on best practices and state-of-the-art supports. The following topics will be addressed:

                1. Learning Disabilities Organizations

                2. Council for Exceptional Children

                3. AHEAD and NCAHEAD

                4. Directory of NCCCS Disability Service Providers

                5. State Resources

                6. National Resources

                • Module 10: Definition of Terms

                  This module will provide definitions of terms commonly used in the disability profession. The following terms are defined:




                  Americans with Disabilities Act

                  Assistive Technology

                  Attention Deficit Disorder

                  Autism Spectrum Disorder


                  Closed Captioning

                  Cognitive Therapy


                  Communication Disabilities

                  Comorbid or Co-occurring Condition




                  Descriptive Video

                  Developmental Disability



                  Essential nature of a Course


                  Health Impairment

                  Hearing Impairment


                  Intellectual Disability

                  Learning Disability




                  Auditory Processing Disorder

                  Language Procession Disorder

                  Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Disorder

                  Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities

                  Mental Illness





                  “Not Otherwise Qualified”

                  Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

                  Preadmission Inquiry

                  Reasonable Accommodation

                  Speech Impairment

                  Telecommunications Relay System

                  Traumatic Brain Injury

                  Visual Impairment


                • Module 11: Appendix I, Examples of Forms

                  This module will provide examples of various forms used by Disability Services faculty. The following forms will be provided:

                  1. Consent for Release of Information Forms

                  2. Accommodation(s) Forms and Notice to Faculty

                  3. Disclosure Forms and Service Contract

                  4. College and Career Promise Release Forms

                  5. Miscellaneous

                  • Module 12: Appendix II, Examples of Policies

                    This module will provide examples of policies used in Disability Services.

                    1. Grievance Procedures

                    2. New Documentation Statement

                    • Module 13: Appendix III, Auxilary Aids and Q&A on Disability Discrimination

                      This module will provide the following information:

                      1. Auxiliary Aids and Services for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities

                      2. Questions and Answers on Disability Discrimination under Section 504 and Title IX

                      • Module 14: Appendix IV, Transition from High School to College

                        This module will provide information on the differences in the laws and policies from K-12 to postsecondary education.

                        • Module 15: Appendix V, Technology

                          This module will provide information on low and high tech devices, and will provide information on conducting technology assessments with students with disabilities.