Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine
Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) is committed to providing students with documented disabilities the same opportunity to achieve academic success as it provides for all students. The provision of services to students with documented disabilities at JTS is based on the principle of non-discrimination and accommodation in academic programs set forth in the implementing regulations for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. These services will be provided with the understanding that students with disabilities may require unique accommodations and must have their needs assessed on a case-by-case basis. The provision of accommodations for students with documented disabilities need not guarantee students equal results or achievement; accommodations must only afford them an equal opportunity for achievement.
There are many resources that can help both the student and administration determine the need for accommodations and the best mechanism for providing them. Disability Rights NC provide a quick guide for students seeking assistance and that document can be accessed in this section of the website. A guide for schools is provided by Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) at https://www.ahead.org/learn/resources/documentation-guidance.
Students who request reasonable accommodations must be prepared to provide documentation of the disability by a qualified professional to the JTS Registrar before accommodations will be implemented. The documentation must be current (dated no more than three years prior to enrollment in the School) and must provide sufficient information to assist the institution in determining how the disability will impact the student’s ability to function in this unique learning environment that includes providing health care services to patients. Although formats will vary, the following critical data should be included in any documentation in support of a request for accommodations:
• The student’s name, the dates of examination or testing, the examiner’s name and credentials;
• Identification of the problems or reasons for referral;
• In cases of learning disability, a list of the tests administered, including the names of the tests, as well as the version used;
• An analysis or interpretation of the results;
• Diagnostic summary with a brief composite of the entire assessment process. The summary should address the concerns raised in the section on reasons for referral; and
• Recommendations of accommodations necessary to support the student in the learning environment.
The Registrar and Academic Dean will review the documentation provided by the student in order to determine if the documentation meets the guidelines set forth above. If the documentation does not meet the guidelines set forth above, the student will be asked to return to the initial evaluator and request additional documentation. If the documentation meets the standards, the Registrar and Dean will determine what reasonable accommodations will be necessary in order to support the student. The Registrar will meet with the student in a timely manner to review the documentation and develop an accommodation plan. The student will receive written verification of the accommodation plan once it is developed. Students must notify the Registrar of accommodation needs within a reasonable time period, at least 45 days, prior to the date of anticipated need. Once the student receives written verification of the accommodation plan from the Registrar, he/she must provide each instructor a copy of this plan, which will identify reasonable accommodations, at the beginning of each academic year. This process is referred to as “self-disclosure” of a disability. The student and faculty member shall discuss the implementation of appropriate accommodations and agree to these accommodations. Students who have a documented disability may elect not to disclose their disability. In this case, course accommodations will not be provided. However, if the student seeks accommodations later in the year, the student should be aware that all previous grades will stand as earned. The types of accommodations provided to students with documented disabilities will vary depending on the nature of the disability and the course content. Often an initial trial-and error period may be needed to determine the best way to accommodate a student’s disability. If agreed-upon accommodations do not meet the needs of the student, the student should contact the Registrar for further assistance.
Examples of course accommodations include extended time (up to double time) to take tests, testing in a distraction-reduced setting, use of computers and spell-check for assignments and exams, use of recorders or other assistive technology.
JTS will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals upon request unless doing so would result in an undue hardship, safety, and/or health risk. Requests for accommodations and/or support services under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 must include documentation of the disability which substantially limits a major life activity.
- “Undue hardship” is a practice, procedure, or financial cost, which unreasonably interferes with business operations at the College.
- “Major life activities” include, but are not limited to, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, caring for oneself and performing manual tasks. Temporary, non-chronic impairments that do not last for a long time and that have little or no long-term impact usually are not disabilities. The determination of whether an impairment is a disability is made on a case-by-case basis.
- A student may be eligible for an accommodation if he/she: (1) Has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits a major life activity; (2) Has a record or history of such an impairment; or (3) Is regarded as having such an impairment
- Appropriate documentation of the disability is required by a written report prepared by an appropriate licensed professional that clearly diagnoses the disability and/or shows the history of the disability and how the disability affects academic performance. Refer to the request form for a list of acceptable medical practitioners for specific disabilities. The diagnosing professional may not be a relative of the student.
- All documentation must be received before the Administration will consider an accommodation request. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and decisions may involve various College personnel and consultation with outside parties such as a Vocational Rehabilitation or medical professionals. Accommodations provided for individuals with temporary disabling conditions may be subject to periodic review
- If there are two or more possible accommodations, and one costs more or is more burdensome than the other, the College may choose the less expensive or burdensome accommodation as long as it is effective