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Disability Services

About Disability Services

Pine Technical College is committed to the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in its programs, services and activities through its compliance with state and federal laws. PTC recognizes individuals with disabilities may need accommodations to have equally effective opportunities to participate in or benefit from programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations to ensure access to programs, services, and activities are made available at PTC. Access means the qualified individual with a disability will not be excluded from participation or be denied the benefits of the services, programs or activities, nor will the individual be subjected to discrimination. Reasonable accommodations may include modifications to rules, policies, practices, the removal of architectural, communication, or transportation barriers, provisions of auxiliary aids, or the provisions of equally effected programs, services, or activities.

PTC and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

By law (Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA]), a person with a disability includes "any person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activity and has a record as having such an impairment."

The Office of Disability Services at Pine Technical College helps to "level the playing field" by eliminating barriers and discrimination against persons with disabilities. The Office offers certain accommodations, support and other resources. And, of course, all services are offered confidentially.

Disability services offered at PTC assist students with any of the following conditions: limited vision, blind, deaf, hard of hearing, learning disability (dyslexia, IEP in high school, ADD/HD, etc.), speech disability, mobility disability, chemical dependency, mental impairment (depression, anxiety, etc.), chronic and systemic illness (AIDS, Arthritis, Cancer, Multiple sclerosis, Diabetes, Muscular dystrophy, Psychiatric disabilities), epilepsy, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury. (This list is not conclusive.)

In accordance with the ADA, accommodations will not be provided in the following circumstances/cases:
- personal devices or services even though the individual may be a qualified individual with a disability, or
- that result in a fundamental alteration in the nature of a services, program, or activity or in undue financial or administrative burdens.

Requesting Services

It is the student’s responsibility to request disability services. Services are available with necessary documentation dating within the last three years. Documentation must be from the original sources of diagnosis. Contact PTC's Temporary Disability Services Coordinator, Katie Krier (tel: 320-629-5174; e-mail: krierka@pinetech.edu), at the beginning of each semester to ensure accommodations and other needs are anticipated. To request disability services, you will need to begin with the Request for Disability Services form. Complete it, and return it to Katie Krier in the Office of Disability Services, located in Student Affairs. 

Available Services and Accommodations

-- Extended Test Time
-- Books on CD
-- Note Taking
-- Interpreter
-- Readers
-- Assistive Technology
-- Alternative Test Site

Translation Services

Translation services are available upon request. Contact Katie Krier, 320-629-5174 or e-mail krierka@pinetech.edu.  

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities form

Helpful Tools

-- What is ADHD?
-- Learning Disability Resources
-- Financial Aid, Scholarships and Resources for Students with Learning Disabilities
-- Learning Disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
-- National Center for Learning Disabilities
-- Defining a Traumatic Brain Injury
-- Social Security Disability Advocates (Disability Outreach)
-- About Depression, a booklet published by NIMH
-- Resources for Depression
-- About Bipolar Disorder, a booklet published by NIMH
-- Local Resources for Disability Services
-- Positively Minnesota, a resource for unemployed and disabled people
-- Information regarding transitioning to college
-- Additional support, from GPS Lifeplan