Welcome Statement

Office of Accommodative Services and Instructional Support (OASIS), also referred to as Student Disability Services, strongly believes in diversity as an integral part of society and our college community. Individuals with disabilities are valued members of Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC). Our department promotes a disability friendly culture by implementing reasonable academic accommodations. We guide current and future students in their effort to develop self-advocacy skills and to seek out resources that assist with their academic goals.

Mission Statement

OASIS' mission is to provide equal access to academic programs for students with disabilities.

Contact Information

Main Office

Centennial Campus
Aspen Building, Room 115

Hours: Mon through Friday 08:00 am - 05:00 pm (9:00 am opening time on the first and third Friday of the month)
Phone: 719.502.3333 (For all campuses)
Fax: 719.502.3334
EMAIL: PPCCOASIS@ppcc.edu
URL: http://www.ppcc.edu/oasis

Mailing Address:

Pikes Peak Community College
5675 South Academy Blvd. Box C-21
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Other Campuses: by appointment only

Falcon Campus: Room 106
Rampart Range Campus: Room S-101
Downtown Studio Campus: Room S-126

Disclaimer

  • The College is not obligated to provide or continue to provide non-OASIS approved accommodations.
  • Documentation accepted by & accommodations provided by PPCC/OASIS may or may not be accepted by testing agencies or other higher education institutions.
  • Accommodations provided in the academic environment may or may not be provided at internships, clinical sites, or in the workplace. Please consult with your program advisor &/or Department Chair & Human Resources at your place of work.

Steps: Overview of Process

  1. Contact OASIS 8 weeks before the semester begins to schedule an appointment with a Disability Specialist with or without documentation of disability. (Please contact OASIS to schedule an appointment even if you do not meet this timeline.)
  2. Meet with a disability specialist for an intake interview to determine reasonable accommodation services.
  3. Return to OASIS 8 weeks prior to EVERY semester for an accommodations review appointment.

Reasonable Accommodations

OASIS considers reasonable accommodations for students based on documented or self-reported information. The decision to provide reasonable accommodations takes into account the individual need of the student, how it relates to the student’s limitation, the available resources, and if it alters the standards competency of the course. Not all requests for accommodations may be determined to be reasonable and/or appropriate, and are not guaranteed to be provided at PPCC.

“Reasonable Accommodation” is an accommodation that does not:

  • Significantly alter the nature or essential components of a course or a program.
  • Create a health or safety risk to self or others.
  • Create undue administrative or financial burden.

Documentation

We encourage students to contact OASIS to engage in an interactive/collaborative discussion with our Disability Specialists to assess the impact of the disability or individual barriers in their academic experiences and determine reasonable accommodations for equal access. The student’s information is kept confidential and will be used to plan for appropriate services and accommodations.

The process for determining accommodations is a collaborative one. On a case by case basis, OASIS may or may not request third-party documentation. However, documentation that is relevant to the current functioning of the individual will often assist the student and OASIS in determining appropriate accommodations in the process and may be requested.

Informational Links: (Parents and Students)

Faculty Resources: (Resources/Services)

Accommodative Services

Disability Law Confidentiality:

Direct link for more FERPA details: http://www.ppcc.edu/academics/records/ferpa/

All documents relating to a student’s disability are maintained with strict confidentiality by OASIS. Personal documents will not be released without written permission unless permitted under certain circumstances as per the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Any individual with a physical or mental impairment, which substantially limits one or more major life activities, is considered disabled. Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), PPCC is prohibited from discriminating in recruiting, admitting or educating otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities.

Students with disabilities are entitled to receive approved academic accommodations that will enable them to participate in and have the opportunity to benefit from educational programs and activities of the College.

Examples of Accommodations:

Pikes Peak Community College OASIS promotes accessibility to all PPCC buildings, programs, and activities. We provide access to reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities through individualized services, specialized equipment and a connection to our campus and community support services.

Examples of Reasonable Accommodations and Support Services may include:

  • Books/test materials in Alternate Format (i.e. E-text, colored paper, enlarged print)
  • Extended Testing Time
  • Distraction Limited Environment
  • Scribe for quizzes/exams
  • Oral or text reader for quizzes/exams
  • Sign Language Interpreting services
  • Permission to use digital/tape recorder for class lectures
  • Preferential Seating
  • Peer Notetaking
  • Assistive Technology Consultation, Evaluation and Service
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • Inspiration
  • Blind/Low Vision Evaluation
  • Permission to use Hat/Visor/Sunglasses
  • Advocacy training
  • Identification of strengths and weaknesses
  • Instruction in learning strategies

Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Every student registered with OASIS has the right to:

  • Be free from discrimination on the grounds of having a disability and free from retaliatory discrimination.
  • Be assured that information about a disability is held confidential. It will not be shared with anyone unless permitted by the student in writing, except as required by law.
  • Choose to whom the disclosure of disability is made except as required by law.
  • Equal opportunity and access to educational programs, services, activities, and facilities available at all PPCC campuses.
  • Reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids as determined on a case-by-case basis, where the student’s disability limits access, participation, or ability to benefit.
  • Meet privately with faculty to discuss needed accommodations and address any other concerns.
  • Be treated equally with other students regarding grades and class participation.
  • Appeal decisions regarding accommodations and auxiliary aids.
  • Be informed of their grievance rights and procedures, including the appeal of decisions concerning academic accommodations.

Every student registered with OASIS has the responsibility to:

  • Identify self in a timely manner to OASIS as a student with a disability requesting academic accommodations.
  • Initiate requests by scheduling an appointment with OASIS. Actively participate in the determination and development of appropriate, effective, and reasonable accommodations.
  • Discuss accommodations with instructor(s) and participate in determining how the accommodations will be implemented.
  • Notify OASIS immediately when accommodations are not provided.
  • Request testing accommodations each semester, contacting the instructor, and allowing the instructor at least 5 days prior to the first accommodated test.
  • Schedule each Test 1 week in advance with OASIS to include date, time, technology, reader, scribe, etc… and any other requests as soon as they receive the syllabi.
  • Make arrangements with OASIS staff for assistance with equipment. Notify a testing staff member immediately if there are problems with the 1) test or 2) accommodative environment/equipment/furniture/etc.
  • Communicate: Self-advocate. Work with OASIS Disability Specialists on developing advocacy skills and communicating specific needs and accommodations with faculty.
  • Meet with a disability specialist at least 8 weeks prior to each semester to discuss arrangements for needed accommodations. (Even if you haven’t met this timeline, please contact OASIS.)
  • Meet the same academic and student conduct standards as other students, and ask for assistance and accommodations in an appropriate manner.

Faculty Rights and Responsibilities

Faculty has the right to:

  • Refuse requests for accommodations that have not been processed through the OASIS office.
  • Consult with OASIS if they believe an accommodation request fundamentally impacts the integrity of the course/program; creates undue financial burden on the school, or if it causes a safety issue.
  • Obtain appropriate consultation with OASIS about how to meet the needs of a student with a disability.
  • Receive official, and as possible, advance notice of the need for accommodations.
  • Suggest alternatives to a requested accommodation if a better method is available.

Please note: Faculty do NOT have the right to ask students if they have a disability, nor about the nature of the disability relevant to their granted accommodations. However, if students choose to disclose their disability, this information should be treated as confidential.

Faculty has the responsibility to:

  • Foster an accepting classroom environment for students with disabilities characterized by non-discrimination.
  • Cooperate with OASIS when a request for accommodation is made. Discuss needs individually and on a timely basis with students requesting accommodations.
  • Provide reasonable accommodations in a timely manner to students who have been approved for services by an OASIS Disability Specialist.
  • Consult with OASIS regarding the laws related to teaching students with disabilities.
  • Ensure instructional materials, methods and programs are accessible, effective and equally integrated. Faculty may consult with OASIS to provide accessible materials.
  • Evaluate students solely on ability not disability. If an evaluation method or criteria has an adverse impact on student’s performance due to a disability, the faculty member should seek alternative means for evaluation.
  • Treat and protect all disability-related information as confidential information.
  • Read the recommended ADA syllabus insert verbatim on the first day of class (as recommended by the Office of Civil Rights). If you do not have one, please contact OASIS.

Please note: Faculty do NOT have the right to ask students if they have a disability, nor about the nature of the disability relevant to their granted accommodations. However, if students choose to disclose their disability, this information should be treated confidential.

Institutional Rights and Responsibilities

Pikes Peak Community College through OASIS has the right and responsibility to:

  • Maintain the College’s academic standards.
  • Discuss student’s eligibility given signed consent.
  • Select from among equally effective/appropriate accommodations, adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids in consultation with the student.
  • Deny requests for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids that are inappropriate or determined unreasonable based on if the accommodation:
    • Poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others.
    • Constitutes a substantial change or alteration of an essential element of a course/program standard.
    • Poses an undue financial or administrative burden on the College.

Roles of the Office of Accommodative Services and Instructional Support (OASIS)

  • Collaboratively determine reasonable/appropriate accommodations with the student through an interactive process.
  • To be a resource for faculty members to help create accessible learning environments.
  • To provide information to the campus community to ensure the inclusion of students with disabilities in all campus activities.
  • To provide information to students with disabilities in accessible formats upon request.
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication except where permitted or required by law or when the student requests that such information is shared.

Computer Access Center (CAC)

Established to assure equal educational opportunities for students with disabilities, the CAC offers courses and training in computer assistive technology and use of the assistive technology with application software.

Courses emphasize acquiring computer skills needed to help students complete academic and occupational goals.

The lab is available for students who want to use the assistive technology to complete course work. Staff is available for assistance.

Services provided by the CAC:

  • Voice recognition software
  • Word prediction and abbreviation software
  • Keyboard modification
  • Screen reading software
  • Screen modifications
  • Learning method alternatives
  • Speech synthesizers
  • Large print keyboards
  • Braille/enlarged print printing
  • Screen text enlargement
  • Large screen monitors

Please meet with a disability specialist for a referral for an Assistive Technology course or regarding the use of any assistive technology you may need.