In January 2010, as part of Valley Forge Military College’s commitment to diversity and to assuring equal access, all disability support services were centralized under the auspices of the Learning Assessment and Support Center.
In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Valley Forge Military College desires to ensure that all students have equal access to the institution.
To accomplish this, the LASC identifies the education-related needs of students with diagnosed and documented disabilities and determines services and accommodations to be provided to those students to ensure optimal participation in their academic curriculum. The Director of the Learning Assessment and Support Center is the coordinator at the college for students with disabilities.
At the college level, the adult student is not required to disclose his/her disability; however, if a student wants to receive reasonable accommodations, he/she must disclose that he/she has a disability, provide documentation of the disability and the need for accommodation, and specifically request the provision of such accommodations.
Students with documented learning disabilities, based on testing within the past two years, who are requesting accommodations, are encouraged to contact the Director of the LASC prior to the start of the academic year or as early in the semester as possible, preferably within the first week, in order to allow for reasonable prior notice to determine eligibility and to make arrangements for accommodations if warranted. All discussions will remain confidential.
LASC Disability-Related Links
The VFMC LASC recommends the following related links to obtain more information.
- “Students with Disabilities Preparing fo Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities” – sponsored by the United States Office of Civil Rights
- Americans with Disabilities Act homepage
- This online resource guides users to disability related resources in an easy-to-use format.
- The Association on Higher Education and Disability
- Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access
- Abledata. Abledata provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources.
- CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is the nation’s leading non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families.
- Learning Disabilities: Ldonline is the world’s leading web site on learning disabilities and ADHD.
Policy for Accommodations for Students with Disabilities, Attention Disorders or Physical Disabilities
It is the policy of Valley Forge Military College to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, concerning individual students with documented learning disabilities. As such, no qualified student may be denied participation in, or the benefits of, any academic or educational opportunity provided by VFMC by reason of a properly documented learning disability. VFMC will make a reasonable effort to ensure equal access to Valley Forge Military College’s education opportunities in the most integrated environment possible. Only those students with documented learning disabilities, based on testing within the last two (2) years, may receive a reasonable accommodation.