Rainy River Community College provides services to people with disabilities, ensuring you have equal access to the College and our programs. We also assist faculty and staff in understanding and arranging for academic accommodations when needed.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation act of 1973
"No otherwise qualified handicapped individual shall solely by reason of his/her handicap be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
In July of 1990, the United States Congress passes ADA (P.L. 101-136), which gives civil rights protections to people with disabilities and prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability.
Reasonable Accommodation: A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to the learning environment that makes it possible for a qualified individual with a disability to enjoy equal educational opportunities. The College will provide reasonable modifications, barrier removal, and/or auxiliary aids and services for qualified individuals with disabilities unless they would impose an undue burden or fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program, or activity.
Services Available: Anyone with a documented disability that substantially limits your ability to succeed at Rainy River Community College is eligible for services. Contact the Disabilities Services Coordinator for more information on the services we have available.
To qualify, you must meet the essential eligibility requirements for receipt of services or participation in the college programs, activities, or services with or without:
• Reasonable modifications to the rules, policies, or practices;
• Removal of architectural, or communication, barriers; or
• Provision of auxiliary aids and services.
These accommodations and services are available to persons with disabilities through the Disability Services Program Coordinator and most are provided on campus in integrated settings.
What to do:
1. Apply for services. You must initiate the request for services. This should be done at the time of enrollment. More preparation time is needed for interpreting services and alternate format texts.
2. Provide documentation of your disability.
3. Contact your regional office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services. You may be eligible for help through this office. In International Falls, call 218.283.9427.
Academic accommodations for students with disabilities are not a special privilege; they are a right under the law. To receive services and accommodations, students and employees must provide documentation of their disability.
Arrangements for classroom accommodations are made with the Disabilities Services Coordinator each semester. To be successful in college and in life, you need to learn to discuss your disability needs and become your own best advocate.
Disability Services Contact Information