Office for Students with Disabilities
The OSD exists to determine and ensure reasonable and appropriate accommodations
for qualified students with documented disabilities, to assist students
in self-advocacy, to educate the Valencia community about disabilities,
and to ensure compliance with the ADA and Section 504.
To facilitate the highest levels of educational excellence and potential
quality of life for students with disabilities. To support the institution's academic standards.
To achieve the highest levels of competence and integrity in all
areas of assistance to students with disabilities. This support
is guided by the consistent use of objective, professional judgment
in all areas, especially when addressing the confidential nature
of a student's disability.
To continually participate in professional activities and educational
opportunities designed to strengthen the personal, educational,
and vocational quality of life for students with disabilities. This
includes the on-going development of strategies, skills, research,
and knowledge pertinent to the highest quality of disability service
To be actively engaged in supporting and clarifying institutional,
state, and federal laws, policies, and procedures applicable to
the delivery of services for students with disabilities.
The Role of the Office for Students with Disabilities
Determines reasonable accommodations for qualified students with documented disabilities.
- Provides support staff on each campus to work with students to determine appropriate accommodations and arrange support services.
- Assists the College to comply with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
- Assists in the development of self-advocacy and self-determination skills.
- Maintains and protects the confidentiality of student records as required by law.