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Accessibility Services

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What We Do:

Accessibility Services’ focus is removing barriers at the university for students with physical, psychological, developmental, and learning disabilities by providing appropriate accommodations. We also serve as a campus resource for students, faculty, and staff of the college. Click here for more information.

Accessibility Services abides by the professional guidelines of the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).

Services We Offer

  Students

  • We work with students to arrange for alternate format instructional material.
  • Work with students to address and resolve access issues, both programmatic and physical.
  • Work with students to reach out to all available resources to assist with academic success.
  • Extended Testing Time
  • Distraction Reduced Testing Area
  • Materials/Books in Alternate Format
  • Sign Language Interpreter
  • Assisted Listening Device
  • Use of Assistive Technology

Faculty and Staff

  • Contact faculty regarding approved accommodations for students
  • Work with faculty to address access issues and/issues with accommodations.
  • Provide faculty with information regarding Americans with Disabilities Act.

Contact Information

Felix Martinez Room 140

David Esquibel, 505-454-3252, desquibel@nmhu.edu

Carolyn Montoya, 505-454-3186, clmontoya@nmhu.edu

Office Hours

Monday – Friday  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

FAQs

Q: Will I get the same accommodations I received in high school?

A: It depends on the accommodation. Many accommodations can be carried forward, but some adjustments made in high school are modifications, not accommodations, and will have to be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Q: What do I have to do to receive accommodations?

A: Students must self-disclose, completed application, and provide documentation to Accessibility Services prior to any accommodation(s) being approved.

Q: Is there a fee for services for the disabled?

A: There is no fee to access Accessibility Services

Q: Do I have to complete all classes even if my disability shows I have difficulty in that area.

A: Students with disabilities are required to complete all requirements of core and major classes. This includes completing all assignments required of a course. Accommodations may be put in place regarding assignments.

Q: What are some typical accommodations that I may receive?

A: All accommodations are based on a case by case basis. Some general accommodations include: Extra time for exams, test room accommodations, books on audio/alternate format, etc.

Q: What constitutes my responsibilities as a student with a disability?

A: Your first responsibility is to self-identify. If you do not identify as a student with a disability, Student Accessibility Services cannot provide you with accommodations. After you have self-identified, you should provide the director with the appropriate documentation. This documentation should be from an appropriate professional source that verifies the nature of the disability, its functional limitations, and the need for special accommodations. Before every semester, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Coordinator and request reasonable accommodations. In most cases, making this request within the first two weeks of school will provide sufficient time to implement accommodations. However, some accommodations require significant advanced notice (text in alternative format, accessibility requests).

You should inform professors about your disability and arrange meeting with them. They will know that you are registered with Student Accessibility Services and receive accommodations if you have given permission to release that information. But, a meeting with the professor is still highly encouraged. You could tell the professor about how your disability might affect your performance and also about the necessary accommodations you will need.

You must request accommodations in a timely manner.