Services for Students with Disabilities

Acedemic support

Meet Our Staff

Katie Bouchard, M.S.
Disability Coordinator
CRCH Learning & Writing Center

Room 506
Call: (540) 985-8215

To download a brochure with more information on services for students with disabilities at Jefferson College, click here

Jefferson College of Health Sciences strives to create a supportive environment for our students with disabilities. We are committed to serving disabled students by providing appropriate services to assist them with their short and long-term academic and career goals. Reasonable accommodations will be made when requested, and services are provided in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and all other state and federal laws.

According to federal law, a person with a disability is one who:

  1. Has a physical or mental impairment that significantly alters a major life activity;
  2. Has a record or history of such an impairment; or
  3. Is regarded as having such an impairment.

Major life activities include, but are not limited to, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, caring for oneself, and performing manual tasks.

These impairments can be present among people with chronic health impairments (such as diabetes, asthma or chronic fatigue), physical disabilities (such as vision or hearing impairments), learning disabilities (such as Dyslexia or Math disorders), or other conditions, whether visible to others or not (such as ADHD, Depression or Cerebral Palsy).

Procedures for Students, Faculty and Staff

Students with disabilities are asked to self-disclose their disability after they have been admitted to the college, but may do so at any time to any college faculty or staff member:

  1. Students who identify themselves as having a disability should be referred to Katie Winters at (540) 985-8215 or via e-mail at for further instructions. You can also check out the Services for Students with Disabilities Handbook.
  2. Students who self-identify must provide proper documentation of their disability. After doing so, accommodations are created based on the documentation and an interview; 
  3. Students who disclose a disability late in the semester are not afforded retroactive accommodations. Accommodations begin when they are requested and may include, but are not limited to, the following: 
  4. Extra time to take tests/quizzes (time and ½ or double time) 
    • Tests given in a distraction-free environment 
    • Extra time to complete work not on the syllabus 
    • The use of a spellchecker 
    • The use of a calculator 
  5. Faculty/Staff members may not request to see a student's disability documentation unless the student has agreed in writing; 
  6. The student will then be given copies of their Request for Accommodations Form to give to each of their faculty members each semester; 
  7. Copies of the Accommodation Request Form are given to the student with instructions to see each faculty member (it is recommended that they make an appointment) to discuss the accommodations, and give each faculty member a copy of the request for his/her file; 
  8. Faculty members provide the requested accommodations for the student. In the case of scheduling or other conflicts, Student Affairs can offer assistance; 
  9. Questions or concerns regarding the accommodations should be discussed with the student first and/or Ms. Winters; 
  10. It is advisable to keep your copy of the Request Form in case there are questions or problems later.

Jefferson College of Health Sciences does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status, national origin, religion, or political affiliation in accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and all other applicable laws and regulations.

Eligibility Requirements

Please see the below documents for important eligibility information.