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Student Accessibility Services
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TCC is committed to creating an accessible environment where individuals are viewed on the basis of their ability, not their disability. The Student Accessibility Services Office assists students in receiving educational accommodations, academic advising, and other educational support services.
This application will provide information that will help us support you and your educational goals. If you need the application in an alternate format, please contact the SAS Office.
- Provide Documentation to inform the Accessibility Advisor in assisting with accommodations.
Click the links below to view specific requirements for documentation. After your initial meeting with an Accessibility Advisor, you may be asked to provide additional documentation.
During this meeting, you will learn how to access accommodations on campus, what your rights are, and what your responsibilities are in receiving accommodations. Please notify the office if you will not be able to keep your appointment.
Key Differences Between High School and College for Students with Disabilities
Accommodated Testing Center and Adaptive Computer Lab
The Accommodated Testing Center helps eligible students utilize their accommodations during testing. The Adaptive Computer Lab provides students with a wide range of technology, such as computer workstations, copiers, scanners, CCTVs, JAWS, ZoomText, Dragon Naturally Speaking, and Kurzweil.
Sign Language Interpreters
Faculty and Staff Resources
Accommodations/ Instructor Letters
When a student requests classroom accommodations, they must provide Student Accessibility Services with appropriate documentation of disability. Our office staff will interpret the documentation to determine that the requested accommodations are reasonable. An Accommodations Letter will be produced for each student and emailed to the student’s TCC email account. Accommodations are determined based on documentation of disability. Students are expected to share their Accommodations Letter with each instructor, EVERY term.
Students are required to submit the Exam Accommodations Request form at least 48 hours (2 school days) in advance of each exam. Once students schedule an exam with Accommodated Testing Services, you will receive an email notifying you of the exam request. Instructors are required to send exams via email or intercampus mail to the Accommodated Testing Center prior to the exam. Instructors should also include any relevant information pertaining to the exam administration (eg. notes, formula or reference sheets, use of calculators, etc.).
CAPTIONING/TRANSCRIBING OF VIDEOS
Student Accessibility Services will assist faculty members in obtaining captioned copies of videos in order to ensure the accessibility of any audiovisual materials they may use for instruction. If this material is not available in a captioned/accessible format, Student Accessibility Services will assist the faculty member in providing resources to get the material in an accessible format.
SAMPLE SYLLABUS STATEMENT
Tallahassee Community College is committed to providing accessible programs, services, facilities, and positive learning environments that foster growth and development for students of all abilities. Student Accessibility Services (SAS) works with students, faculty, and staff to provide a variety of reasonable accommodations that ensure equal access, promote advocacy and empower students to achieve educational and career goals while maintaining the community and academic standards of Tallahassee Community College. Students seeking accommodations should:
- Schedule an appointment with Student Accessibility Services and provide appropriate supporting documentation.
- Discuss needs, special arrangements, and eligible accommodations with the instructor(s).
Student Accessibility Services staff members are available to conduct training for your classes or faculty/departmental meetings on a variety of disability-related issues. Topics include sensitivity training, legal responsibilities, and policies and procedures. In addition, we are willing to help develop training materials to meet the individual needs of your department and staff. Please contact our office for more information or to schedule a presentation.
Students can schedule accommodations for tests administered by Certiport by setting up a Certiport ID account and making sure to provide both the Certiport Exam Accommodations Request Form and Release Form to the Student Accessibility Services Office. Please fax the Accommodations Request Form and Release Form, as well as a copy of your documentation to (850) 492-4160. Or, you may bring the application materials to our office, where someone can fax the information to you.
The application will take up to 10 days to process, so we encourage you to complete the application as early as possible.
Certiport has specific guidelines for required documentation. Student Accessibility Services does not determine approval of accommodations for Certiport exams.
You can schedule an appointment via phone, e-mail, or by visiting our office. Advising Specialists see students by appointment and on a walk-in basis. Available walk-in times are displayed outside of the office, located in the Student Union, Room 172.
Meet the Staff
Dr. Jennifer Denise Carr - Dean of Student Services
Jennifer Carr serves as the Dean of Student Services at Tallahassee Community College. She holds a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership with a minor in Conflict Resolution from Nova Southeastern University, an MS in Human Resource Counseling from North Carolina A&T State University, and a BS in Applied Science-Social Work from Winston Salem State University.
Over her 20-year career, Dr. Carr has held numerous leadership positions in higher education. She has served as the Associate Provost at St. Pete College, where she was second in command of the Tarpon Springs Campus, Director of Academic Advising and Disability Resources at Hillsborough Community College, Director of Student Development at Craven Community College, Director of MBA - Evening Program at Arizona State University and a host of other positions at the University of South Florida and an HBCU, Clinton College.
She is also a proud Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated member and believes in "Service to all Mankind". Dr. Carr is a member of the American Counseling Association and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society for educators. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, the beach, traveling when time permits, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Carr is anchored in being a leader who provides service to others and adopted the motto "Students First" because it's how she relates to students.
Dr. Sonja Wright-Smith – Assistant Director of Student Services
Dr. Sonja joined Tallahassee Community College in 2020. She previously worked as Director of the Access Office at Valdosta State University. She earned an Associate of Applied Science in Information Processing and a Bachelor of Science in Administrative Services from Valdosta State and a Master of Science in Human Services from Capella University before earning a Doctorate in Ministry in Biblical Counseling from Andersonville Theological Seminary. Dr. Sonja is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
She is passionate about enhancing educational advancement for at-risk students. Her favorite saying is “Don’t ask God to order your footsteps if you are not willing to move your feet.”
Natasha R. Mitchell, MSHRM - Student Accessibility Advisor
Natasha joined the TCC SAS family in 2021 as one of two Student Accessibility Advisors. Natasha received her master's degree in Human Resources Management from Troy University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Georgia Southwestern State University.
Prior to working at TCC, she worked as an academic advisor for the Langdale College of Business (LCOBA) at Valdosta State University. Prior to that, she worked five years as an academic advisor at the University of Central Florida.
Natasha’s held various positions in post-secondary education for 30 years. Positions such as Registrar, Associate Registrar, Ombudsman, and Academic Advisor. She truly has a deep passion for education and enjoys working with students.
“I see myself as that bridge that fills in the gap when students are transitioning from high school to college. As a first-generation college student, I know the importance of having someone to help maneuver on this new journey called college.”
Kayla Dover, MSW – Student Resource Coordinator
Kayla joined the TCC community in 2022. Kayla is a two-time graduate of Florida State University, receiving her Bachelor of Social Work and her Master of Social Work with a concentration in Social Leadership. She also received her Certificate in Leadership in Executive and Administrative Development (LEAD) while completing her MSW. Prior to working at TCC, she worked at HOPE Community as a Case Management intern and at Florida State University in their Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Office.
Her passion for equity and social justice sparks her inspiration to build programs that help people proactively rather than reactively. One of her favorite quotes is "I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept" - Angela Davis.
Margaret Stevens – Office Assistant
My name is Margaret Stevens. I work at the front desk for the accommodation department at Tallahassee Community College. I get the opportunity every day to work with staff who provide accessibility services to students to fit their educational needs. This office also provides academic advising and support services to students. The front desk is in the middle of the interaction between students and staff. The experience I have gained is immeasurable and has helped me in my career choice. Working for the college inspired me to finish working on my AA degree. I also earned an Office Management Certificate. Currently, I’m working towards a BSW in Social Work from Thomas University. I enjoy reading, cooking, shopping, old movies and most of all being a grandmother. I’m the caregiver of a beautiful autistic young adult niece.