Disability Services

Disability Services

Disability Services provides assistance to all qualified students with disabilities. You are required to register with the office and identify your needs in order to be eligible for academic accommodations. All services are based on individual needs. We are here to help you reach your academic goals. Students are responsible for identifying themselves to the Disability Services Office, for providing documentation, and for requesting accommodations each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer).

Steps to Get Started:

  1. Contact the Testing & Academic Services Center to set up a meeting with a Disability Services Specialist.
  2. Meet with the Specialist to complete an interview process and to complete the program forms.
  3. Provide the Disability Support Services Office with all requested and appropriate documentation.
  4. Complete the “Semester Request for Academic Accommodations” form every semester.

In order for accommodations to be in place when classes begin, students are encouraged to meet with Disability Support Services at least four weeks prior to the beginning of each semester. For additional information on services available, please contact the Disability Services Office through the Testing & Academic Support Center in Cannon Hall, 1st Floor (Rm 103) or at 217-443-8708; TTY (217) 443-8701.

Please note, the accommodations and services are offered in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Determining the Need for Auxiliary Aids and Services

The collaborative process continues in determining need for auxiliary aids and services and the auxiliary aids and services that are reasonable. Be prepared to describe the auxiliary aids and services you used in the past and provide documentation of disability and need for accommodations.

DACC Documentation Guidelines

The process for determining accommodations is a collaborative one that may or may not require third-party documentation. We encourage students to contact us to engage in a discussion to identify and remove barriers in their academic experience.

Fundamental Goals of Curriculum

Faculty have the right to reject accommodations that undercut a course’s fundamental goals. Faculty may also choose between equally effective accommodations, if, one is less intrusive to the course goals. A student’s request for an accommodation that would alter the curriculum or a course's fundamental goals is considered an unreasonable request. Working with your college instructors will be important so that you can select between possible accommodation strategies that will provide you with the maximum opportunity for both learning and demonstrating mastery.

Accessibility on Campus

It is the policy of Danville Area Community College to provide an accessible campus, both in terms of the physical plant and programs. The College will comply with all requirements set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Illinois Accessibility Code of 1988, and all regulations implementing these Acts.

Three offices on the DACC campus work together to address accessibility issues:

Mike Cunningham, Vice President of Administrative Services (Vermilion Hall) reviews and coordinates physical plant modifications to ensure the accessibility of campus for all students, employees, and visitors with disabilities who wish to access the College's programs and services. Mike Cunningham may be contacted by phone at 443-8831.

Jill Cranmore, Vice President of Human Resources (Affirmative Action Officer and Section 504/ADA Compliance Officer located in Vermilion Hall) is responsible for addressing concerns of students, staff, and the public regarding compliance and accessibility. Jill Cranmore may be contacted by phone at 443-8756.

Lisa Rudolph, Director of Testing & Academic Services (Cannon Hall, Room 103), provides information and services to students, reviews eligibility documentation, approves accommodations, coordinates academic auxiliary aids, serves as the liaison between students and faculty members, and advises students as needed. Lisa may be contacted by phone at 217-443-8809 or by email at lrudolph@dacc.edu.

Testing & Academic Services Center (Cannon Hall, Room 103), provides basic information and services, sets-up appointments, and provides testing and academic accommodations. Contact the Center at 217-443-8708.

An inclusive campus climate is promoted by fostering an understanding of the effects of disabilities and by working to eliminate the physical, technical, and attitudinal barriers that limit the range of opportunities for students with disabilities.