Disability Services

GCC does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual preference, veteran status, or disability in its educational programs, activities, admissions, and employment.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 prohibits discrimination on the basis of a disability and mandates that equal access and reasonable accommodations be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities.

Under the ADA any person with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of his/her major life functions is defined as disabled. Students with disabilities may not be segregated and are fully included in the institution's existing programs and activities.

GCC provides assistance to students with disabilities, assists faculty and staff members who interact with the students and work closely with community agencies. It is the student's responsibility to identify his/her need for services and provide the appropriate documents.

The information the student provides will be confidential. With the student's permission, only specific recommendations will be released to faculty. Please note that the college does not provide personal aids or attendants.

Differences Between High School and College


Services and reasonable accommodations are granted to students who complete the Application for Disability Support Services and submit complete written documentation of the disability from an appropriate and qualified source. The documentation must be current, preferably within the last three years (the acceptable age of documentation is dependent upon the disabling condition, the current status of the student, and the student’s specific request for accommodation).

For the documentation of the disability to be accepted by the College, the following general requirements must be observed:

  • Documentation must be printed on professional letterhead.
  • The credentials and signature of the evaluator, medical professional, etc. must be stated.
  • Documentation must include the minimum of a diagnosis and summary of current impact on the individual.
  • Include any tests administered, with scores, and recommendations of areas where accommodations might be needed.
  • A school plan such as a current individualized educational (IEP) plan or a 504 is insufficient documentation on its own.

Genesee Community College’s evaluation of the appropriateness of the documentation provided to support the accommodation requested will be based on a case by case determination of the essential components/technical standards of the program, service and activity.

For students with a learning disability, appropriate documentation may include:

  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-R) or Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-R) within three years. Include sub-test scores.
  • Current achievement test result.
  • Current psychological report within three years.
  • Most recent Triennial report.

For students with other health impairments, physical or psychological disabilities, appropriate documentation may include:

  • A doctor's report describing the disability and how this condition will affect the student's academic performance.
  • Diagnosis, prognosis, and medications.
  • DSM V-R Diagnosis (Axis I, II, III).
  • ACCES report (Adult Career and Continuing Education Services).

  • Current psychological assessment or discharge summary.

Requests for services/accommodations can be made anytime during the year. However, to ensure that accommodations/services are in place at the beginning of the semester, it is strongly recommended that students call to make an appointment with CAP personnel before the first day of classes at (585) 343-0055, ext. 6351. Students will be required to bring the appropriate documentation and the completed Services Intake Form to the meeting. At this time the information will be reviewed and reasonable accommodations will be recommended. The college makes every effort to process requests for accommodations in a timely manner.

Voter Registration

College students are a vital voting constituency.  With so much to juggle while in college, perhaps you may not have thought about registering to vote. Students requiring assistance can visit the Center for Academic Progress office and we will be glad to help you complete the voter registration form.

Continuation of Services

Once written documentation is on file and the accommodations/services are agreed upon, a general procedure is followed.  At the beginning of each semester, students can pick up their accommodation letters in CAP. To add additional services, the student would need to meet with a CAP staff member to discuss other accommodations. The College’s Assessment Team will determine if the request warrants additional services.

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education

According to the US Department of Education, “More and more high school students with disabilities are planning to continue their education in postsecondary schools, including vocational and career schools, two- and four- year colleges, and universities. As a student with a disability, you need to be well informed about your rights and responsibilities as well as the responsibilities postsecondary schools have toward you. Being well informed will help ensure you have a full opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the postsecondary education experience without confusion or delay.” For more information you can refer to the U.S. Department of Education's Website.