V.E.T.S. in College Update
VCU-RRTC April 2011 Volume 1
grantee of the CNI Myth Truth
Trust Fund (#10-176), Accommodations make class easier for people Accommodations “level the playing field” for
is an equal who can’t handle the coursework. students who learn in different ways.
Everyone in the class will know that I’m Most accommodations are subtle like extended
opportunity/affirmative receiving accommodations because my time on a test, copies of notes, or a preferential
action institution instructors or college staff will make it obvious. seat in the classroom.
providing access to My classmates will know my business, and I College staff and faculty have to keep records
education and don’t want them to think differently of me. confidential so no one else has to know.
employment without Only people who grew up with a disability (i.e. Soldiers who have acquired disabilities due to
learning disability, congenital blindness, etc.) injury can receive accommodations with
regard to age, race,
receive accommodations. documentation.
color, national origin, If I go to the college’s disability support services Some students who register with the disability
gender, religion, sexual office, I have to use their accommodations since support office don’t take the optional
orientation, veteran’s they’ll have all my documentation and class accommodations until they decide it’s
status, political schedule. necessary; but, it is important to try the
affiliation or disability. I can receive accommodations as soon as I accommodations to see how they work for you.
decide I need them so there’s no point in giving If they aren’t helping, go back to the disability
them documentation before. support office to discuss other options.
All I have to do is walk in to the office and tell After submitting documentation, most disability
the disability staff I have an injury/disability, and support offices need several weeks before
the college has to provide accommodations in accommodations can be in place.
the classroom. Each college requires proper documentation of
Faculty must provide accommodations once I an injury/disability (a recent neuropsychological
have a disability, and I can make up all the work exam, medical exam, educational evaluation by
that I previously did without the a professional).
accommodations. Accommodations don’t keep every student from
It doesn’t matter; accommodations don’t help failing, but different accommodations affect
anyone pass their classes, learn more, or take each student in different ways.
Education coaches tests better. Not all colleges will have an entire office
currently serve My college doesn’t have a disability support dedicated to disability support; however, there
services office nor do they offer accommodations is an individual (usually in the student affairs
21 active because it’s a community college, online school, office) who must coordinate these services. By
participants. All or no one at the school has a disability. law, colleges must offer reasonable
accommodations to students who request them
participants live within and have documented need.
40% of participants Updates Colleges of Active Participants
live outside of V.E.T.S. in College will Many of the active participants are currently enrolled at
soon undergo an internal these colleges:
Central Virginia. Northern Virginia Community College
evaluation to disseminate
The majority of the supported education J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
veterans are working model. Strayer University
toward their first The advisory committee University of Phoenix
associate’s or will meet next on University of Virginia
Monday, Virginia Commonwealth University
however, a few
Many of the active participants are at various stages in the
veterans are returning Visit our project website: enrollment process at these schools:
to school for a www.worksupport.com/vets Longwood University
master’s degree. J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
John Tyler Community College
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