Accommodation Process

How to request and receive academic accommodations

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Eligibility for student accommodations is based on medical and/or other professional documentation of disability as well as the impact the disability has on the students’ access to their education. Please note this is an individualized process, and will vary based on student needs. It is the responsibility of the student with a disability to identify himself/herself as having a disability and to request academic adjustments, auxiliary aids and/or modifications necessary to receive equal access to the College’s program, activities and services.

Definition of Disability

A person with a disability is defined as an individual who has or is regarded as having any mental or physical condition that substantially impairs or restricts one or more major life activities such as performing normal tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working. This includes, but is not limited to, such disabling conditions as visual impairments, psychological/emotional disabilities, speech and/or hearing impairments, mobility impairments or learning disabilities.


Students must request to receive accommodations due to disability need by completing the following process:
  1. Be a current Atlantic Cape student enrolled in at least one class.
  2. Provide current and comprehensive documentation of a diagnosed disability to the Center for Accessibility.
  3. Register with the Center for Accessibility and complete an initial intake meeting


* The Center for Accessibility is also able to assist students with temporarily disabling conditions (i.e. broken hand).

Students are required to submit supporting documentation, which includes a diagnosis of medical condition(s) and sufficient information regarding the impact on the student’s ability to perform and/or function. Documentation must support the need for the accommodations requested. Typically an IEP/504 plan will be sufficient. 


The documentation can be submitted in one of three ways. 

  1. Sending as an email attachment to:
  2. Faxing to (609) 343-5680
  3. Bringing the documentation to the intake appointment


Contact the Director of The Center for Accessibility (CFA) for information about appropriate documentation of disabilities.

The person with a disability can initiate self-identification by seeking assistance from The Center for Accessibility. Students who self-identify elsewhere will be referred to the Center for Accessibility.

In order to receive accommodations in a timely manner, schedule a meeting with the CFA for documentation review and individualized need assessment.


Schedule an Initial Intake Meeting by:

  • Phone: (609) 343-5680
  • Email:
  • In Person: Center for Accessibility Office, Mays Landing campus, J Building, Room 117


*While it is our preference to discuss your needs in person this meeting can be done in person, via Skype, or by phone. Please submit supporting documentation prior to or at this initial intake meeting.


Upon completion of the intake, The Center for Accessibility will review the submitted documentation. Students will receive a response via email, within 10 business days, with one of the following application statuses:

  1. Reasonable Accommodations Approved: when a student’s request for reasonable accommodations have been approved, the student will be required to schedule a follow up meeting with their assigned counselor to finalize the process for receiving accommodations. This meeting can be done in person, via Skype, or by phone.
  2. More Information Needed: when a student’s request for reasonable accommodations cannot be approved due to insufficient documentation the student will be notified via email that will specifically outline the additional documentation or information needed.
  3. Application Not Approved: when a determination is made that the student is not entitled to the accommodation requested, the student will receive notice of the denial, via email. A student may request a follow up meeting with the Center for Accessibility in order to discuss rationale for the denial, and to advise the student of his/her right to seek reconsideration and to appeal the determination.

Areas of Responsibility for Providing Accommodations

  • The Center for Accessibility does not have the sole responsibility for providing modifications and or auxiliary aids for students with disabilities. Rather, it is the function of this office to assist and enable all areas of the college to meet mandated responsibilities. Recommendations for the services will be developed in consultation with the appropriate faculty, staff, administrators, and students.
  • The Right To Succeed: Atlantic Cape Community College believes that all students are entitled to an equal opportunity to succeed academically.
  • Faculty are requested to inform students about services available to them through the CFA
  • Atlantic Cape Community College is committed to ensuring that all accommodations are implemented in a timely manner under the supervision of the Center for Accessibility.