Disability Services, Student (OASIS)

Centennial • A-115 • 502-3333 V/TTY

Downtown Studio • DO-S126 • 502-3333 V/TTY

Rampart Range • S-101 • 502-3333 V/TTY

Falcon • FN-106 • 502-3333 V/TTY

Student Disability Services, also known as the Office of Accommodative Services and Instructional Support (OASIS) strives to create an accessible environment by providing reasonable and appropriate services and accommodations for students with documented disabilities. The College is committed to providing quality educational support for the diverse needs of its students.

Support services and accommodations may include:

  • Computer Assistive Technology
  • alternative testing arrangements
  • advocacy training
  • identification of strengths and weaknesses
  • instruction in learning strategies
  • note taking (primarily student volunteers)
  • readers/scribes for accommodative testing only
  • text in alternate formats
  • interpreting services (Sign Language)

OASIS is available to the PPCC community – students, faculty, and staff – for consultation and collaboration on disability issues.

It is the responsibility of students requesting an accommodation due to a qualifying disability to self-identify by registering with OASIS, to apply for supportive services, and to furnish documentation about the nature and extent of their disability. This information is kept confidential and will be used to plan for appropriate services and accommodations. Students must meet with their disability specialist prior to the beginning of each semester to discuss arrangements for needed accommodations. The College is not obligated to provide or continue to provide non-OASIS approved accommodations.

Please note: An Individualized Education Plan (IEP), Summary of Performance (SOP), 504 Plan, or General Education Initiative from a secondary school may NOT provide thorough information for the documentation of disability and needed accommodations. Please refer to the documentation guidelines, available in OASIS, for the required information.

Informing other staff or faculty does not constitute registering with OASIS. Accommodation requests are evaluated individually to make a determination regarding the provision of reasonable accommodations based on a review and analysis of documentation and circumstances.

Determination of accommodations can be an involved and lengthy process; therefore, students are encouraged to begin the OASIS registration process and submit required documentation as soon as possible. For incoming students, this should be done six to eight weeks prior to their first semester. For current OASIS students, this should be done at least four to eight weeks prior to each semester to allow time to provide supported accommodations in a timely manner.

Proof of purchase for textbooks is required before alternate format materials can be ordered which can take four to eight weeks to receive.

It is OASIS’ practice to NOT support accommodations on a provisional basis. However, OASIS may, at its discretion, support accommodations on a provisional basis (one semester only) in the absence of adequate required documentation but in the presence of circumstances that indicate an obvious qualifying disability (i.e. Blind/Low Vision or Deaf). However, students who receive provisional accommodations must provide the required documentation in order to continue receiving accommodations beyond the one semester of provisional accommodations. This is the case even if an undocumented qualifying disability is present. Updated documentation may be required depending on the disabling condition, current status of the student and the student’s request for accommodations.

Please note that accommodations will not be provided even on a provisional basis if there is no indication of a qualifying disability as determined by an OASIS Accommodation Request Determination review. Also, the following may not permit the implementation of any supported accommodation(s): required course Standard Competencies; required essential job duties of an internship or practicum; or degree requirements or national technical standards. Please check with your program area regarding requesting contact information to request accommodations for any professional certification of licensure testing that is not administered by the College. Please refer to the Disability Services Notification for Faculty (accommodation form) for requests that are not guaranteed accommodations because they are discretionary.

It is the student’s responsibility to self-advocate for approved accommodations that are not being provided since accommodations cannot be provided retroactively.

All students, with or without a documented disability, must adhere to the Student Code of Conduct.

Computer Access Center. The Computer Access Center is located at the Centennial Campus. The center utilizes computer assistive technology such as screen readers, voice recognition, alternative input/output devices, and screen magnification. Courses combining word processing and assistive technology are offered.

Learning Disabilities Support Services. Assistance is provided for students with learning disabilities through a partnership with OASIS. Support services that encourage success include identification of strengths and weaknesses; promotion of self-advocacy; instruction in learning strategies, basic skills, and study skills; help with course selection; and implementation of appropriate accommodations.

Interpreting Services. Interpreter, Oral, and Transliteration services are available for Deaf and hard of hearing students who have documented need. Call 719-502-3026 V/TTY or VP 358-2453 for more information.