The Accessibility Office
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Our mission is to assist in securing access to an equal education at Bucks County Community College for students with documented disabilities; to encourage an environment of diversity through awareness and education, and to foster campus-wide ownership of accessibility.
Services are available on all campuses through this office. Appointments can be made to meet at other campuses through the Newtown office. For an appointment, please call the main number (215) 968-8182 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Fall and Spring Semesters||Summer Semesters|
|Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.||Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.|
|Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.|
Important note: You will not receive accommodations unless you request them every semester
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice, TAO staff will be accessible by Zoom, email or phone. The best way to contact TAO is through email email@example.com. TAO is also taking calls at the main phone number, 215-968-8182. Our immediate goal is to help current students and faculty during this transition to remote learning and to ensure accommodations are provided as needed. Please check our Assistive Software Technology Resources webpage as it may be useful at this time. bucks.edu/covid-19
Policies and Procedures of The Accessibility Office
- To request Academic Adjustments/Accommodations
- To appeal the denial of academic accommodations
- For requesting and using Interpreter Services
- How to request alternative format texts
- Audio Recording of Class Lectures
What is the Accessibility Office?
The Accessibility Office (TAO) provides accommodations to all students with documented disabilities, accommodations at all campuses at Bucks. All accommodations are tailored to the individual needs of each student based on their documentation presented to TAO. All accommodations are in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. TAO is here to assist all students that have any qualifying, documented disability. TAO will assist students in equal access to courses, the campus, and all activities on the college campus.
PCAs, Therapists, and Nurses
Bucks County Community College (Bucks) is committed to ensuring that all qualified students with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to ensure access to programs, services, and facilities in compliance with state and federal law. All academic accommodations are in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), Sections 504 and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Accordingly, students with disabilities who require Personal Care Attendants (PCA), Nurses or Therapists to accomplish activities of daily living are permitted to have a PCA, Nurse or Therapist accompany them while on campus. Bucks does not provide any personal care services or equipment to students attending classes and programming. All personal equipment and services must be provided by the student at their own personal expense.
Any PCA, Nurse or Therapist cannot be in the classroom with a student if they are a relative (including parents), hold Power of Attorney for the student, or have not provided the appropriate credentials and clearances or documentation per the Accessibility Office (TAO) process. The student must register with TAO and provide all appropriate documentation to have a PCA, Nurse or Therapist attend class with them.
The student must provide a copy of the contract between the PCA, Nurse or Therapist and the student in addition to documentation that the PCA, Nurse or Therapist is qualified to perform the required services (PCA certification/ agency certification), copy of background checks and clearances (Act 24, Act 34, Act 151, Act 126, and Act 114), and evidence of Protection of Minors Training and insurance bonding to the Accessibility Office (TAO). The names and contact information for each PCA, Nurse or Therapist must also be on file with TAO.
For a full review of the procedure of requesting and registering with TAO for an approved PCA, Nurse or Therapist accommodation, please visit the link at PCAs, Therapists, and Nurses.
If a student, faculty member, staff member or visitor to the campus encounters a physical barrier at any campus location, we would like to hear from you. Please complete the online form below. This will ensure that every member of the community has access to all physical spaces where Bucks County Community College provides programming.
Web Accessibility Statement
Bucks County Community College’s policy is that all College web content and interfaces will meet applicable federal and state law (including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and amendments). To be compliant with the ADA, a person with a disability must be able to independently acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services within the same timeframe as individuals without disabilities, with substantially equivalent ease of use.
If you have difficulty accessing any part of the website while using adaptive technology, have accessibility suggestions, or need an alternative format for any content, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-968-8182.
Also, please review a list of our Adaptive Resources offered through The Accessibility Office at Bucks.