Accessing and Utilizing Accessibility Resources

Students who have a disability and would like to request services and accommodations must register with Accessibility Resources. They will be required to provide official documentation of their disability. Information provided by a student is voluntary and appropriate confidentiality is maintained. Students who have a documented disability (as protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act) or are pregnant or parenting (as protected under Title IX) and would like to discuss possible accommodations should contact Accessibility Resources. You may reach us by email at or call Dr. Sarah Hawks at 336.734.7155 or Erica McMahon at 336.734.7378. You may also submit a request for information online with the Accessibility Resources Information Request.

Services are designed and developed on an individual-needs basis, and students may elect to use any or all of the services appropriate to their needs at no charge. We accept appointments Monday – Friday and walk-ins on Tuesdays and Thursdays while the college is open. Also, the college has a telecommunications device for persons who are deaf (TDD/TTY). The number is 336.723.3411. Our fax number is 336.734.7252. Accessibility Resources is located in the Robert L. Strickland Center, Student Success Center Suite 2361.

Student Rights

  • Right to Confidentiality
  • Right to reasonable accommodations to ensure access to courses, programs, services, jobs, and activities offered by the college

Student Responsibilities

  • Meet the College’s qualifications and maintain essential instructional standards for programs, courses, services, and activities;
  • Self-identify disability status in a reasonable and timely manner
  • Register with Accessibility Resources
  • Provide Documentation of your disability
  • Discuss implantation of accommodations with your instructors
  • Notify Accessibility Resources of any changes/additions to your accommodations
  • Adhere to the Code of Conduct
  • Direct any questions regarding the course material, syllabus, and classroom policies to your instructor
  • Direct any questions disability-related questions to Accessibility Resources

Alternative Format Text/Audio Books

Students with a print-related disability (because of visual, physical, perceptual, developmental, cognitive, or learning disability) who are registered with the Forsyth Tech Accessibility Resources, may be approved for course instruction in an alternative format such as Electronic Text (E-text) or Portable Document Format (PDF). Requests for alternative format textbooks are only available for courses in which the student is currently enrolled. Therefore, requests should only be made after a student has registered for the course(s). Accessibility Resources does not provide alternative format for personal use or study.

Every attempt is made to provide alternative format in the most efficient and effective way possible. Accessibility Resources will try to provide the student’s preferred format, but this may not always be possible. Please note: verification of purchase of the requested textbook is required. Rented textbooks are not accepted for alternative format requests, as you will have an opportunity to keep the textbook. In addition, students will be required to upload a copy of their course syllabus for each request.

Requesting books prior to the start of the semester:

  1. Make sure you are actively registered with Accessibility Resources.
  2. View your booklist at the Forsyth Tech Bookstore.
  3. If no books are listed for your course(s), please contact Accessibility Resources for other options.
  4. Complete the Alternative Text Request Form for each textbook with complete information that includes: the title, author, publisher, copyright date, edition, and International Standard Book Number (ISBN).
  5. Accessibility Resources will contact the books’ publisher and provide you with the accessible file if it is available.
  6. The file will be requested from the publisher, and it may take several weeks for the request to be fulfilled.
  7. If publisher files are not available, there are other resources available such as Learning Ally, Amazon, Bookshare, and State Library of North Carolina.

It is important to note that students will need to complete this process every semester in which they are enrolled at Forsyth Tech.

Please contact us by email or phone 336.734.7378.

Student Resources

Faculty Responsibilities

  • Work in conjunction with Accessibility Resources to provide approved accommodations, in a fair and timely manner, to students with disabilities
  • Do not provide accommodations without communication from Accessibility Resources
  • While it is the primary responsibility of the student to initiate the discussion of the in-class accommodations needed; the outcome depends on the receptivity, flexibility, and understanding of the instructor
  • Place the Syllabus Statement, as listed below, on all course syllabi
  • Provide captioning for all videos
  • Ensure that course materials are accessible for all students
  • Instructors are offered the opportunity to use the Academic Testing Center to ensure that appropriate academic standards are maintained and not compromised for students who require special test administration. Instructors are not required to use the Academic Testing Center.

Faculty Resources

  • Syllabus Statement
    Requesting Accommodations for Disabilities

    • Forsyth Tech is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities. In order to receive accommodations, you must register with Accessibility Resources located in the Robert L. Strickland Center Suite 2361. You can make an appointment by e-mailing us at Accessibility Resources Email (opens in new window) or by calling us at 336.734.7155 or 336.734.7378.
    • An interactive meeting should occur discussing accommodations needed to access the curriculum. You should register early to ensure your accommodations are in place the first day of classes.
    • Students who did not receive accommodations last semester their deadline to self-disclose and request accommodations is at the 60% point of the semester.
    • Any further request for accommodations will only occur only in special circumstances.
  • Captioned videos
    • All multimedia content including online video clips, narrated presentations, and DVDs used in class must be captioned or subtitled in advance of the class session in which they are used. Please contact the Center for Transformative Learning at or 336.734.7640 for assistance with this.
  • Class materials in an accessible format.
    • Any information presented to the class, including the course syllabus, Power Point Presentations, and any handouts that are distributed (either in hardcopy or digitally) must be available in an accessible format.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do accommodations give students an unfair advantage?
No.  Reasonable accommodations are legally mandated and are intended to provide students with documented disabilities an opportunity to be evaluated based on ability, not disability.

Am I required to lower the standards of a required assignment because the student has a disability?
No. Standards should be the same for all students. Accommodations provide equal access to the educational process, not guaranteed success.

​I suspect a student has a disability. How can I suggest the student talk to Accessibility Resources?
Tell the student you have noticed they are struggling; then provide information about campus resources, listing Accessibility Resources as one of several resources.

Can I ask students about their disabilities?
You can ask students about their needs related to learning and fulfilling the requirements of your course, but you should avoid asking specific questions about their disability. Please respect student privacy and do not share information about accommodations or a student’s disability without permission.

What if a student claims to have a physical or mental disability and request classroom and testing accommodations, but does not have an accommodations letter from Accessibility Resources?
Refer the student to Accessibility Resources located in the Robert L. Strickland Center Suite 2361where the individual will complete a request for accommodations, present documentation indicating the type of disability, severity, limitations, medications, and discuss possible accommodation needs.

What if a student is receiving accommodations and is not doing well in class?
Treat the student as you would any other student. Enter into interactive processes with the student to try to identify the problem and appropriate alternative format, support service and/or referral.

Can a student receive a failing grade in a college class in which they are receiving accommodations?
Yes.  Accommodations ensure “access” not “success”.

What if a student feels he or she has been discriminated against because of their disability?
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Try to resolve the complaint at the lowest level by meeting with the key people involved. You may contact the Vice President of Equity and Inclusion if further assistance is warranted.

What if a student with a disability is disruptive in class?
A student with a disability who is disruptive in class should be treated as an instructor would treat any student who is disruptive in class.  If an instructor feels that there is a disability-related reason for the student’s behavior, the instructor can discuss this with the student’s Accessibility Resources Counselor to determine if there is a solution to the problem or strategies for addressing the behavior.

Can I provide accommodations for a student without utilizing the Office for Accessibility Resources?
In order to ensure that accommodations are appropriately and effectively administered to students with disabilities, instructors are strongly discouraged from providing accommodations outside of the procedures outlined by Accessibility Resources. By using the Accessibility Resources, the instructor can be confident that the student qualifies for appropriate accommodations.

Accessibility Resources Hours

Monday – Thursday 8 am – 5 pm
Friday 8 am – 3 pm
Phone: 336.734.7155

Accessibility Resources Office Guides