San Juan College was founded with the commitment that anyone with a desire to succeed should have access to education.

Our Disability Services team is committed to ensuring that students with disabilities have the same access as other SJC students to the variety of educational programs, opportunities, and activities offered at SJC. Our approach is to coordinate our services with you, faculty, and staff to remove any barriers to learning you might encounter while maintaining the highest level of academic integrity.

Our vision is to be a resource to SJC employees and all members of the community by promoting access and disability awareness through workshops, resources, and outreach.

Please contact us for assistance with accessing college related activities occurring outside the classroom, and outreach.

Student Eligibility and Requesting of Services

How to determine eligibility

Eligibility for services is determined based on relevant documentation and information shared during the interview process. Additional documentation may be required to determine eligibility for services and/or identify effective accommodations. Documentation must be completed by a qualified evaluator, include a clear diagnosis, and describe how the disability impacts you as a student in an academic setting. Reports must include recommendations for specific modifications or accommodations. Documentation guidelines may vary based on the type of disability; the Disability Services Coordinator will provide additional information as needed.

Accommodations for temporary disabilities are not mandated by law according to the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, students who have disabilities of a temporary nature may receive complimentary accommodations on an as-needed basis. To determine eligibility for accommodations, you must follow the process outlined under “Requesting Services.”

Requesting Services

Duel Credit Students may be eligible for accommodations for their college classes. However, even if the high school student is receiving modifications or accommodations from an Individualized Education Plan to 504 Plan, they do not automatically transfer to the college setting. Dual credit students are required to follow the same steps as regular college students to request services.

New Students
Unless you are requesting accommodations for taking the Accuplacer assessment, you should begin the process to request services after you have enrolled in classes.

  1. Complete the Request for Services form by filling out the form on your PC. Please contact us if you need assistance.
  2. Schedule an intake interview by calling (505) 566-3643 or (505) 566-3271.

Suitable accommodations will be discussed and determined by the Coordinator and the student.

You must complete both steps of the process before eligibility for appropriate accommodations can be determined. Submitting documentation like an Individualized Education Plan, 504 Plan, or other assessment without completing the two steps listed above is not sufficient to make requests for accommodations know.

If you attend any classes on any campus, you must meet with the coordinator in person to complete the initial interview.

Continuing Students
You must request accommodations each semester. Contact the Disability Services Coordinator as soon as you enroll. The earlier, the better!

  1. Complete the Request for Accommodations form out the form on your PC.
  2. Schedule an intake interview by calling (505) 566-3643 or (505) 566-3271.
  3. The Coordinator will determine whether an appointment is necessary to review information and plan accommodations.
  4. The accommodation letter(s) will be sent electronically for online classes only. A copy of the accommodation letter(s) will also be sent to your SJC email address.
  5. You must personally deliver, discuss, and obtain signatures on the will be provided.

Academic Accommodations Available to Students

Accommodations focus upon removing barriers in the classroom for the student while preserving the integrity of course objectives. Accommodations are not a “one size fits all” and will vary between people who have the same types of disabilities.

Accommodations must be requested each semester.

Adaptive Technology

  • Alternate Format Alternate format may include enlarged font, braille, audio books, etc. You should contact the Instructional Assistant in the Disability Technology Lab for assistance. You must provide a copy of the receipt when requesting books in audio format. You are strongly encouraged to request material in alternate format as early as possible to ensure the material is available before the start of class. SJC will attempt to provide material in alternate format within 7 days of the request.
  • Use of software Speech to text Dragon Naturally Speaking Dictation) and text to speech (Kurzweil) software is available at SJC East, SJC West, and Main campuses.
  • Copies of Notes The Coordinator will work with you to determine the type of note taking services that will be provided. You will be required to sign the note taker agreement each semester.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Support

  • Captioning Instructors or presenters are required to ensure the material used at San Juan College can be used by all people. Videos must have accurate captioning.
  • FM Systems Students and visitors should request the loan of an FM system at least 3 days in advance of use.
  • Interpretation To best ensure interpreting services will be available, students and visitors are strongly encouraged to request them as soon as they know the service will be needed. Interpretation services may be provided by a live interpreter or via video remote interpreting.

Preferential Seating

  • You are encouraged to arrive to class early so you can choose a seat that is conducive to your learning style and personal needs.
  • Although Disability Services will make every effort to have the room ready before the first day of class, if you use a wheelchair, you may need to contact the Disability Services Office to remind them if accessible tables need to be placed in the classroom.
  • Classroom furniture marked with the disability access symbol is reserved for students with disabilities.

Test-Taking Modifications

  • Test time may be extended based on student need.
  • Testing in a separate or distraction free environment may be appropriate.
  • Tests may be provided in audio format
  • If indicated, use of software or a scribe may be approved.

Most accommodations are coordinated from the Disability Technology Lab in the Advising and Counseling Center, Room 4115/1B.

Policies and Laws

Personal Care Attendants
SJC makes every reasonable effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. In keeping with this commitment, Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) may be necessary to address the personal needs of a student with a disability so that he/she can participate in the College’s activities, services, and programs.

Service Animals
San Juan College follows Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II and Title III regarding the use of service animals.  Service animals will not be excluded from SJC campus and activities.

Service Animals Policy

Americans with Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered.

Section 504
No otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Title II of Americans with Disabilities Act
No qualified individual with a disability shall be excluded from participation in or be denied benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity. The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 provided changes to the statute and regulations for Titles I, II, and III and clarify (a) who has a disability entitled to protection under the ADA and Section 504, (b) who is entitled to accommodations, and (c) how those determinations are made and by whom.

Privacy Policy
The Disability Services Office is committed to protecting the student’s right to privacy. Information specific to the student’s diagnosis or disability is confidential information and cannot be shared with anyone without the student’s written consent. The student may choose to disclose their disability to anyone at any time.