Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive learning environment for all students. We work to create partnerships between students, faculty, and staff so you can participate fully in a rich and satisfying college career.
New students may make an appointment either directly with Michelle or through your Admission Counselor. Michelle’s office in the Academic Success Center is located on the first floor of Good Library on the Goshen College Campus.
Kelsey provides assistive technologies and tech support for students with accessibility needs.
Ask about access services if…
- You are an enrolled GC student with a documented learning disability, physical or sensory impairment, or psychiatric disability
- You had modifications in high school through and I.E.P or 504 plan (colleges don’t have I.E.P.s or 504 plans, but these documents can help begin our conversation)
- You suspect you may have a disability that affects your learning and want to explore your options
Requesting Services at Goshen College:
To be eligible to receive accommodations, a student must provide documentation completed by a licensed professional, preferably within the last three years. This documentation will be kept on file in the ASC office.
- Helping students advocate for themselves as they discuss their disability and request accommodations
- Specialized advising with the coordinator of accessibility services. Please make an appointment prior to finalizing your registration to review your course load
- Test proctoring for students with testing accommodations
- One-to-one peer tutoring is available to students with documented learning disabilities
- Coordinating the delivery of academic accommodations and auxiliary aids
- Support and training on assistive technologies such as screen readers and accessibility features on your laptop and iPad
Accommodations may include the following:
- Extended time in taking tests
- A test-taking environment with limited distractions
- Use of computers for assignments and tests
- Using a laptop for making notes in class
- Readers and computer assistance
- Assistance in obtaining texts in alternate formats
Scheduling a test in the ASC
- Fill out this form
- Schedule tests at least 2 days ahead
- Let your instructor know that you plan to use your testing accommodation and take the test in the ASC
- The ASC staff will schedule your test and obtain a copy from your instructor
- Testing is available Monday and Tuesday 11am-4pm; Wednesday-Friday 9am-3pm
- During final exams, testing is available all day, every day. Please schedule your test at the same time as your class.
Disabilities accommodations in campus housing
Service Animal Policy
Service Animals are animals specifically trained to assist people with disabilities in the activities of daily living. The Americans with Disabilities Act (as amended) defines a service animal as “an animal that does work or performs tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability (including psychiatric, cognitive and mental).”
Resources for students with disabilities in college:
Transitioning from high school to college:
- Open Letter To Parents of Students with Disabilities
- Are you ready for college?
- Differences between high school and college for students with disabilities
Managing a disability in college:
Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education, from the U.S. Dept. of Education
Helping Students with Disabilities Transition to College, 21 tips for students with LD and/or ADD/ADHD
iPad accessibility features: options for screen readers, voice over, and numerous other ways to adapt your iPad