Access Policy

Accessibility

American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) is committed to providing access to students with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The ACHS online platform exceeds the defined student requirements of Section 508, the U.S. Federal Accessibility Standard for electronic and information technology. For complete details on accessibility via the Canvas platform, please visit: https://www.canvaslms.com/accessibility

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Applicants, prospective students or current students with disabilities have the responsibility to initiate the request for accommodations and submit documentation as described below.

  • Requests and documentation should be communicated to Heather Baley, Dean of Students and emailed to: accommodations@achs.edu. Please ensure that personal information such as social security numbers are removed or send files password-protected. Documents may also be mailed to 5005 SW Macadam Ave, Portland, OR 97239. Students must also communicate to the Dean the nature of their disability and any necessary and reasonable accommodations requested.  
  • Students must meet the admission requirements of the academic program of study with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Students are required to submit a special needs request for any disability requiring accommodation in a reasonable timeframe before accommodations are needed.  
  • Once the College review has been completed and reasonable accommodations have been determined, the student will be provided with notification of the accommodations, and the College will notify any faculty or staff as needed.

All students seeking accommodation under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or the ADA must submit documentation of physical or mental disability from qualified medical or testing personnel. Expenses incurred in obtaining such documentation are the responsibility of the student. Post-secondary institutions are not required to identify the students with a disability or provide accommodations without the student requesting the service.

For physical disabilities:

  • A statement of the physical impairment from a licensed healthcare professional who is qualified and currently or recently associated with the student.  
  • A statement from a licensed healthcare professional as to how the student is limited in functionality in a major life activity.
  • In the case of hearing impairment, the student should also submit a report from an audiologist that includes the results of an audiogram, type of hearing loss (conductive, sensor, or neural).
  • Recommendations for reasonable accommodations for the online classroom. 

For mental disabilities:

  • A statement or report from a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist that includes the following items
  • Statement of DSM-IV condition or impairment.
  • Summary of assessment procedures used to make the diagnosis.
  • Description of present symptoms and fluctuating condition symptoms in relation to the impairment.
  • Current medications and side effects.
  • A description of functional limitations in a major life activity.
  • Recommendations for reasonable accommodations for the online classroom.

For learning disabilities:

  • A diagnostic interview by a qualified evaluator that includes historical and recent information of learning difficulties in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education.
  • A comprehensive diagnostic interview that addresses relevant background information supporting the impairment, including developmental history, academic history and psychosocial history.
  • A record of comprehensive testing that is current (within past two years and after age of 18).
  • A description of functional limitations in a major life activity.
  • Recommendations for reasonable accommodations for the online classroom.

Grievance Resolution:

If a student wishes to file a complaint regarding any disability discrimination, please refer to the institution’s Student Grievance and Compliant procedures online at https://achs.edu/student-grievance-and-complaint-policy.