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Disability Support Services

Welcome to the Disability Support Services (DSS) webpage at Bluegrass Community & Technical College!
 
We provide a full range of services to more than 500 students each year who have disabilities. We ensure equal access & full participation for persons with disabilities in higher education. We're guided by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
 
Questions about services?
Email DSS, call (859) 246-6534, or (859) 309-6468 VP.

WHAT IS CONSIDERED A DISABILITY?

BCTC uses the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as a guide to define disability. A condition that substantially limits a major life activity (such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, and learning) and is covered under the ADA makes a student eligible for services from DSS. Services can be provided to students who are deaf or hard of hearing, students with learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, chronic health conditions (such as diabetes, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, psychiatric disabilities, etc.), mobility, visual, speech and coordination impairments.

Students with temporary conditions (such as a broken arm or leg) may also be eligible for services.

Services

Services are based on the individual need of each student and may include: ensuring a physically accessible environment; assistance with academic advising and career counseling; supportive counseling; interpreters for students who are deaf or hard of hearing; adaptive equipment (FM listening devices, TTY, adaptive computer hardware...); specialized computer software (Dragon Naturally Speaking, Kurzweil 1000 and 3000, ZoomText, JAWS, MathType, Scientific Notebook...); textbooks in audio or electronic format; enlarged, brailled or text in an audio format; note taking; readers; writers/scribes; tutors; testing accommodations; and special parking permits.

In addition to these services, the DSS staff serve as liaisons with college faculty, staff and administrators, rehabilitation counselors, and other social service agencies. The DSS staff routinely work with community agencies on behalf of current and prospective students with disabilities. Regular contact is maintained with the Kentucky Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Office for the Blind, insurance or worker compensation case managers, rehabilitation centers, and adult education centers. Students are also assisted in transferring to other educational institutions and/or programs upon their request.

Full participation in the DSS program is encouraged from the initial admission contact throughout the student's academic career. Students are not segregated or labeled because of their disability but are encouraged to assume full responsibility in securing the reasonable accommodations needed for a particular academic program.

Resources

Voter registration information and forms are available for persons with disabilities in the Disability Support Services offices. All printed forms and information are available in alternative text formats Individuals with disabilities may receive assistance completing forms upon request.

Kentucky Voter Registration is available online.

Attendant Care
Attendant Care Services are not provided by BCTC. If you will need attendant care services, contact your local Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Financial Aid
All students wishing to apply for financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office. Do this as early as possible to avoid delays in receiving any aid for which you may be eligible. Even if you are a client of Vocational Rehabilitation, you must complete a Free Federal Application for Student Financial Aid.

Parking
Applies only to the Cooper Drive campus

A student may qualify for a permit to park in spaces designated for individuals with disabilities if they have a permanent or temporary physical or mental impairment that substantially limits mobility. Applications are available in the DSS office, 242 Moloney Building.

The student completes Section I of the application and the student's physician completes Section II. When the completed application is returned to the DSS office, it is forwarded to the Application Review Committee. When necessary, the DSS staff can issue a temporary permit until a decision is received from the Committee. Parking areas for students with disabilities are patrolled and tickets issued 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Permits or license plates issued by government agencies are not sufficient for parking in spaces designated for students with disabilities.

Students and visitors on other BCTC campuses may park in spaces designated for persons with disabilities with a valid government issued permit or license plate.

 

Financial Aid
All students wishing to apply for financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office. Do this as early as possible to avoid delays in receiving any aid for which you may be eligible. Even if you are a client of Vocational Rehabilitation, you must complete a Free Federal Application for Student Financial Aid.

Online forms

Locations and Contact Information

470 Cooper Drive
Moloney Building, Room 242
Lexington, KY 40506-0235
Fax: (859) 246-4678

164 Opportunity Way
Building A, Room 134
Lexington, KY 40511-2623
Fax: (859) 246-4678

500 Newtown Pike
Science Education Center, Suite 101 M & Q
Lexington, KY 40508-120
Fax: (859) 246-4678

Contact us

Vanessa Arnold

(859) 246-6994

Interim Director, Disability Support Services
and Coordinator of Disability Resources

For the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Interpreter, NIC

Regina Shank

(859) 246-6534

Delores "Dolores" Meaux

(859) 246-6822

Non-discrimination Policies

BCTC does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies:

Carlous B. Yates, Ed.D.

He/Him/His

Assoc. VP for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

859.246.6937

BCTC-TitleIXOfficer@kctcs.edu