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Disability Support Services

Updated 9/13/2013

FIT is committed to eliminating discrimination based upon disability and increasing access to education for all qualified students with disabilities, including disabled veterans. Accessibility is fundamental to our mission.

FIT will provide all students of varying abilities the opportunity to learn in a non-discriminatory environment commensurate to their chosen educational goals. Each student electing to work within the parameters for eligibility will receive specific accommodations and referrals for on-campus services. Appropriate academic adjustments and accommodations are determined, once requested by the students, on an individual, case-by-case basis and in a collaborative manner, when possible. Barrier identification and removal shall be made in accordance with Titles II and III, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The Office of Disability Services is a National Voter Registation Act voter registration site whereby students with disabilities can register to vote, re-register, change addresses, or obtain absentee ballots.

Procedures and Services

The FIT-ABLE coordinator serves as the advocate for all students with disabilities and is located in Room A570. A coordinator for students with learning disabilities, a coach/counselor for nonverbal Asperger students (under projectTHRIVE) and a counselor for assistive technology comprise the unit located in A570. Students within the Learning Disabilities program may receive additional tutorial services and personal, academic and career-readiness support.

Following acceptance to the college, for degree students, and preferably during the first semester for non-degree students, an appointment should be made with the coordinator of FIT-ABLE, FITís Disability Support Services. Students are encouraged to make themselves known to FIT-ABLE by registering with the office. FIT respects each studentís right not to self-disclose. Accommodations are not retroactive. Once the initial intake interview and assessment of needs has been conducted, students are invited back to review academic adjustments and requested accommodations at the beginning of each semester. Changes may occur related to each studentís schedule and ability.

Federal ADA Compliance

FIT seeks the full cooperation of faculty, staff, and administration in the provision of accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services that it has determined to be reasonable and necessary. This cooperation is not considered to be optional. If a faculty or staff member, or administrator cannot fulfill the obligation to meet the educational and academic needs of a student, the affected course or program will be reassigned. Any student who believes he or she has been subject to discrimination based upon a disability should report the incident, in writing, to the FIT-ABLE Coordinator within 48 hours (exclusive of weekends). Please see the Grievance Policy and Procedure section of the FIT-ABLE website: www.fitnyc.edu/fitable. The coordinator of FIT-ABLE provides students with complaint resolution, training, and orientation on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Appeals regarding complaints filed are received, in writing, by the dean of students.

A written report may also be submitted to the Affirmative Action Officer in the Office of Planning Assessment & Compliance in A605. The college will promptly investigate all complaints of alleged discrimination and pursue appropriate remedies where necessary. FIT prohibits acts of reprisal against anyone involved in lodging a complaint of discrimination. Conversely, the college considers filing intentionally false reports of discrimination to be a violation of this policy.

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